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Wichita hospitals stretched with flu cases

Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 03:52 PM CST

WICHITA, Kansas - Sedgwick County hospitals are feeling the pain as more and more people come to the emergency room for the flu. Now, they're working together as they're stretched to their limits with resources.

Officials say they are dealing with a serious situation right now with so many people coming in with flu-like symptoms.

Doctors are confident that the vaccine being put out this year matches the virus going around well, but the big issue is whether or not people are getting the vaccine with doctors seeing the number of suspected flu patients doubling in a week.

While the spike isn't odd for this time of year, officials are looking closely at their plans in case all the beds are filled that way they won't need to tell anyone at the door they can't help them.

"If you have emergency surgery, we may keep the patient in the operating room on monitors, we may use our recovery area which isn't typically our patient care area, but we will expand into all those areas," said Dr. Francie Ekengren, Wesley Medical Center.

Officials say to only go the emergency room if you have serious symptoms such as fever accompanied with a rash, chest pain not related to coughing, continuous vomiting or serious issues breathing.

Otherwise, they recommend to visit your regular doctor and avoid the hospital.

Wichita hospitals stretched with flu cases


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