We were trying to understand where all the patients went, when we were closed for moving. It seemed unnaturally easy to empty out the hospital, given how often we are overflowing with patients and delivering most of the city.
It's still an important question. What happened to people while we were closed? Was there an important impact on morbidity and mortality?
But, as quickly as they evaporated, they're back. Not the same ones, of course. This morning, I arrived to news that the hospital had admitted 42 patients on Sunday, of whom 20 were normal vaginal deliveries, 5 surgeries (including a hysterectomy and a curettage). Solidarité is filling quickly, even as we are still unpacking boxes and repainting furniture.
Pediatrics had admitted seven babies already. In addition to the 700g premie from the other day, now there is one who is 600g, delivered vaginally after abruptio placenta.
And as I walked into the lab to check the blood bank, I watched the lab tech give to a midwife the last bag of O positive blood. I looked at the hemoglobin result to be sure the patient really needed it: she did, with a hemoglobin measured at 2.3 g/dL.
So now I have two questions. Where did patients go when we were closed? And where are they coming from now that we've reopened?