Colorado health system struggles to get people to use ERs

Medical workers and hospital administrators are struggling to get patients to the emergency room and to get care in the ER.

They’re also struggling to find the resources they need to get the care they need.

The state’s health system is facing a shortage of emergency room beds and the shortage of beds for nurses, physicians and other emergency room personnel.

That has led to the state’s largest hospitals struggling to maintain their operating hours and staffing levels, and the state also faces long wait times at some of its larger hospitals.

Officials say the problem is the result of a number of factors including budget cuts, reduced federal funding, and an ongoing state budget crisis. 

Colorado’s health department said Friday that it had identified about $1 billion in savings over the past year, including a reduction in the state health department’s budget by more than $300 million.

The health department is asking the Legislature to approve a $400 million federal stimulus package that will help the state and local governments maintain an operating budget and improve emergency department services.

But the health department isn’t the only entity struggling with the budget problem. 

Health officials in Utah and Nevada have reported similar shortages of medical personnel. 

The state of Colorado has a problem with staffing in its emergency rooms, according to the American Medical Association, an influential lobby group. 

Some state officials say the state has a number problems, including the state having a limited number of nurses and doctors and the difficulty of getting a sufficient number of emergency medical technicians.

States and localities in Colorado are also dealing with a lack of funding from the federal government for their emergency room systems, which are run by the states. 

State health officials have warned of potential shortages in emergency room facilities across the state, including at the regional medical centers that serve the state.

“If you look at the scope of our emergency room shortage, we are really in the middle of a statewide emergency,” said Mark Tiller, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

But in Denver, where more than 40 percent of its patients come from outside the state or federal jurisdiction, the problem has not only limited the ability to treat patients, but also limited the number of doctors who can treat patients and the number that can come in.

Dr. Jason Cairns, chief of the emergency department at the University of Colorado Medical Center, said patients arriving at the emergency rooms for treatment often arrive after hours and need to be rushed to the hospital. 

“They need to come to our emergency department within five minutes of their arrival, they need an ambulance, they should be in a room right away, and they should have their medications ready,” he said.

“And we can’t get that quickly because we can only do it by ambulance, so we need to wait for an ambulance to come. 

It’s really a tough situation.”

Dr. Cairnes said he has seen patients come in with symptoms ranging from chest pain and diarrhea to infections.

Patients also need to take blood pressure medication, which could result in a delay in getting the proper blood pressure readings, he said, adding that some patients are not being properly assessed for a medical condition or need to stay at home until the issue is resolved.

The shortage has left emergency room doctors at a loss.

“We’ve seen patients coming in who have pneumonia, we’ve seen them with severe pneumonia, and we’ve had people with diabetes,” said Dr. Brian Riehle, medical director of emergency medicine at the Denver Health Medical Center.

“It’s hard to explain to people that, ‘You don’t need to go to the ER, you don’t have to be treated there.

You can go to a hospital.'”

The Colorado Department for Public Health has been providing the state with data about how many emergency room visits occur each year and has said that the shortage is due to a lack or lack of qualified doctors. 

Dr. RieHle said the shortage can be exacerbated by the fact that many of the patients who have arrived with respiratory or heart conditions were previously admitted to the trauma center, where they would have had to be screened for heart disease, but were discharged anyway.

“A lot of times, the trauma centers are just full, because they have to provide the beds for these patients to stay in the hospital,” he told NBC News. 

At one of the state hospitals, Dr. Rieshle said he saw patients who were in the ICU, having their heart rate increased to over 120 beats per minute or more.

And at the hospital in Colorado Springs, Dr, Riehe said he was often the only one working, and he often did not have enough doctors to do the work.

“There’s a shortage in our trauma centers,” Dr. Doreen C. Hodge, emergency physician at the medical center said.

“I have patients come into my room, they are in their rooms and they have no oxygen