Officials Say South La. Close To Seeing Patients Turned Away From Hospitals

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Health care officials are warning that parts of southern Louisiana are running out of hospital beds.

The top medical officer for Acadian Ambulance, Dr. Charles Burnell, said Monday medics have already started treating patients in place instead of transporting them to the hospital.

Dr. Burnell, who was in charge of medical airlifts during Katrina, said he estimates his staff is days away from having to deny patients transportation to a medical facility due to lack of space.

The LDH estimates there are currently only four ICU beds left for the region that covers seven parishes.

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