Hundreds still languish in Oregon hospitals, waiting a place to go for continued care

Hundreds of patients in Oregon still linger in the hospital even though they don’t need intensive care. (Christine Torres Hicks/OHSU)

Throughout the pandemic, hundreds of people at any one time have languished for weeks and even months in hospital beds they didn’t need.

They should have been in a lower level of care.

But nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care and other treatment centers in Oregon have been overloaded, with beds for patients in short supply due to severe workforce shortages. 

That’s created a bottleneck that has persisted even as daily hospitalization numbers slowed in the wake of the Covid-19 surge in September.

Having people stuck in the hospital, waiting to be discharged to another setting, is bad for the those hospitalized . . .