Queen’s West provides update on capacity, acute care module as COVID surge continues


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Queen’s West on Friday, Sept. 10, provided an update on capacity and the acute care module that was set up in the parking lot of the emergency department.

The tent, or acute care module, is equipped to hold up to six COVID patients that are waiting to be transferred, either for a higher level of care or to go to another facility.

The new tent has gurneys inside and is equipped with air conditioning.

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Currently, Queen’s West is a little over 100% capacity, with 104 beds in use. One COVID bed is open, and one ICU bed is open. However, between 15 to 17 patients will be discharged, which will open up more capacity. Doctors said patients can come in and be discharged throughout the day, but the majority of in-patients come in the late afternoon.

A second tent is being used daily for testing patients who have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to the coronavirus. Patients that do not require hospitalizations can go home to quarantine. Doctors said they will admit a patient if their oxygen level cannot be maintained at a safe level and if they require extra oxygen.

“So it really helps us have an area for those that have emergencies non-COVID to be in areas safe from COVID patients,” said Susan Murray, Chief Operating Officer at Queen’s West.

“We’re getting prepared in case the numbers continue to rise up, including the numbers that were reported today. Our staff is working really hard to take care of everyone who comes in,” added Dr. Ron Kuroda, Chief Medical Officer at Queen’s West.

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) reported 747 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths on Friday, Sept. 10. The state stands at 64.9% of vaccinated residents.

Click here for an in-depth breakdown of the number of cases by county.

Last month, Queen’s declared a state of emergency at the Ewa Beach site, with too many COVID patients overwhelming the hospital at once, on top of many waiting for beds at the emergency room.

Jason Chang, Queen’s Health Systems COO, called it a “crisis” situation, with concerns regarding the amount of patients that needed emergency care. With the limited capacity, he advised those with mild illnesses to get their treatment at an Urgent Care instead.

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Hospitals across the islands have already set up tents, which are called acute care modules, just in case they run out of bed space. However, intensive care patients need special equipment that can’t be used in these tents. Bed space, in general, is a growing concern.

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