Hospitals in Texas are grappling with a series of issues, including water, staffing and supply chain disruptions, due to severe winter weather across the state, Carrie Williams, spokesperson for the Texas Hospital Association, said in a statement Friday.
Many hospitals don't have running water or are facing low water pressure or pipes have burst, according to the statement. The hospitals are also under boil-water notices.
Williams said that there are also issues with staffing as some staff have had to stay on site in order to care for patients, putting a strain on food, linens and water.
There are also issues with supplies and medication stocks running low, although there are some supply trucks moving today, Williams said.
Covid-19 vaccinations have been delayed across many hospitals and public health partners due to weather and shipping delays.
Patients who were discharged have stayed in hospital lobbies because they either don't have transportation to return home or can't return home due to power outages, according to Williams.
There is also a delay in trash pickup due to vendor issues, Williams said.
Williams said that while there are challenges related to dialysis services and plasma/platelet supplies, the hospital association doesn't have more specific details on those issues.