A Chicago hospital went "on bypass" early morning on Sunday. When hospitals use the term "on bypass", it means that they've stopped accepting ambulance runs, and these ambulances are then diverted to other hospitals with trauma centers in the city
Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago had to temporarily put a hold on accepting new patients on Sunday morning because they were at capacity following a series of shootings, a hospital official said, according to CNN. Roberta Rakove, Senior VP for External Affairs said the hospital went "on bypass" in the early morning. When hospitals use the term "on bypass", it means that they've stopped accepting ambulance runs, and these ambulances are then diverted to other hospitals with trauma centers in the city. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of five trauma centers in Chicago, according to Rakove.
Rakove said that on Sunday morning, there were 12 trauma patients at Mount Sinai, at its height. She couldn't give out any further information on their conditions. Rakove couldn't exactly specify the time that Mount Sinai went on bypass, but she said the hospital came "off bypass" at approximately 6:30 am. Since then, they resumed their proper functioning and began accepting patients.
As 2 mass shootings unfolded, Chicago's Mount Sinai stopped accepting patients after a series of shootings. "You have to stop yourself and ask what will it take before we get a handle on what's going on. Not only in Chicago, but across the country." https://t.co/vnpDoeqHtJ— Emily Woodruff (@emily_woodruff_) August 5, 2019
She also couldn't say how often Mount Sinai Hospital goes "on bypass," but spoke about an even busier weekend they had last year with more than 70 people shot. "All Level 1 trauma centers were overwhelmed, but we all managed," Rakove said of the previous year's shootings. "This weekend was not that kind of weekend, but it was enough." Chicago Police Public Information Officer Anthony Guglielmi said that on Sunday, officers responded to several multi-victim shooting incidents on the west side of Chicago. It was reported that these incidents stemmed from gang conflict.
Two horrendous mass shootings this past weekend dominated the news cycles. Meanwhile, in Chicago, 7 people killed and 49 injured in shootings. Mount Sinai Hospital suspended emergency patient intake because of the carnage. The madness is everywhere and politicians do nothing— SoccerLimey (@SoccerLimey) August 5, 2019
Police Chief Eddie Johnson addressed the press, during which he gave a rundown of the violent acts. He mentioned that there were three separate shootings, which resulted in 10 injuries, one of which was fatal. He also added that investigations are still underway for the incidents. Before the press conference, Johnson also mentioned the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.
Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital was forced to temporarily stop accepting patients after victims from a series of shootings left their trauma center at full capacity.https://t.co/t0ou3StA6D pic.twitter.com/Y4geCE6EQC— Complex (@Complex) August 6, 2019
"You have to stop yourself and ask what will it take before we get a handle on what's going on," Johnson said. "Not only in Chicago but across the country. From police departments to the court systems to prosecutors to legislators -- we have to come together and figure out more common-sense solutions to these problems because clearly too many of our citizens are being shot and killed."
If we’re going to have the conversation about murders, then let’s have it. In addition to El Paso and Dayton 47 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago. 7 people died. Mount Sinai Hospital had to literally close its ER as they had too many gunshot patients. #LetsTalk— Mary Kemp (@Mary_Kemp1) August 6, 2019
A discussion on Reddit saw comments of all kinds from people. One user wrote: What a very American problem to have. I'm sure the solution is to get some of the nurses and doctors into new professions, preferably ones that equip them with guns. Another added: The revolts and extreme amount of outrage, if guns were taken away, would exceed the current instability. Most people simply value their freedom a lot.
The number of shooting victims overwhelmed Mount Sinai Hospital. They were so busy that they had to shut down the ER to treat people and had to turn other people away.— D11angel (@d11angel4) August 5, 2019