Harborview off basic life support divert, back to accepting all patients

After closing to all but the most urgent patients for the last week, Harborview Medical Center is back to business as usual.

The hospital was forced to go into basic life support divert August 11, when it hit 130% capacity. There were 150 more patients at Harborview than the hospital was built to handle, with patients being cared for in hallways and conference rooms.

Basic life support divert meant that when first responders arrived at 911 calls, they would take those patients whose vital signs were stable and who did not have an immediately life-threatening condition to other hospitals in the vicinity of Harborview, such as Swedish First Hill

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