Albany Medical Center provides update on David Sweat


GEORGE: AFTER SWEAT ARRIVED, HE WAS TREATED FOR TWO GUNSHOT WOUNDS. THE INITIAL GOAL WAS JUST TO GET HIM STABILIZED. AFTER HE WAS STABILIZED, HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT AT THE HOSPITAL’S RENOWNED TRAUMA UNIT. THERE IS A NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY THERE RIGHT NOW SO LET’S GO TO ALBANY FOR THAT. WE HAVE ASSEMBLED A TEAM OF DOCTORS, NURSES, AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSION OR’S — PROFESSIONALS TO CARE FOR THIS PATIENT UPON ARRIVAL. NO DIFFERENT THAN WE WILL CARE FOR IT THE APPROXIMATE 11,000 TRANSFERS THIS YEAR. THIS PATIENT WAS INITIALLY EVALUATED IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND THEN TAKEN TO A CLINICAL LOCATION IN THE HOSPITAL THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR HIS LEVEL OF CARE. SO IN HIS CARE INCLUDE DOCTORS IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, TRAUMA, INTENSIVE CARE, RADIOLOGY, AND VASCULAR SURGERY. AT THIS TIME, HIS CONDITION IS LISTED AS CRITICAL. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND THE INTERSTATE POLICE, THE YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, ALBANY POLICE, AND ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER SECURITY FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY PRECAUTIONS THEY HAVE TAKEN TO ASSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF AND OUR PATIENCE. THANK YOU. WHAT DOES THE HOSPITAL DUE TO PREPARE WHEN YOU HAVE A HIGH PROFILE PRISONER COMING HERE? I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE CLINICAL CARE DOES NOT CHANGE. WHEN YOU GET INTO TROUBLE IS WHEN YOU TRY TO ALTER WHAT YOU WOULD DO ON A ROUTINE BASIS. I SAID IN MY STATEMENT, THE MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES YEAR, MANY OF THEM ARE TRAUMA PATIENTS. IF YOU DEVIATE, YOU ARE SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR DOING THINGS IN A WAY YOU ARE NOT USED TO DOING. THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS CASE IS THE ORGANIZATION OF SECURITY. WE NEEDED TO PROVIDE THE CARE THAT IS SAFE — IN A WAY THAT IS SAFE. WHAT IS THE COURSE OF TREATMENT? I CANNOT COMMENT EXCEPT TO SAY THAT THE EVALUATION OF SPECIALISTS. WE HAVE ASSEMBLED A LEVEL OF PHYSICIAN AND NURSE AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO CARE FOR HIM. HE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS WORK UP AT THIS TIME. DID AUTHORITIES SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WHY THEY WERE GOING TO ALBANY MED AS OPPOSED TO ANOTHER TRAUMA CENTER SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE DAY? WE ARE THE BUSIEST TRAUMA CENTER IN NEW YORK STATE. LOWEST MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY RESULTS IN THE STATE. YOU WANT TO HAVE PATIENCE THAT SURVIVE. THE OTHER MEDICAL CENTER ROUTINELY TRANSFERS PATIENTS TO US. US UNDER ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES. I CAN’T SPEAK TO WHAT HE IS SAYING TO THE DOCTORS AT THIS TIME. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT MR. SWEAT’S PSYCHOLOGICAL SITUATION IS? WAS THE RAMBUNCTIOUS? WAS HE AN ORDERLY PATIENT? WAS HE,? DID YOU HAVE TO SEDATE HIM? I WAS NOT INVOLVED IN HIS CARE. THE TEAM IS TAKING CARE OF HIM RIGHT NOW. I AM AWARE OF WHAT’S GOING ON BUT I DON’T WANT TO SPEAK TO WHAT THE STATUS OF THE PATIENT IS OTHER THAN TO SAY HE’S CRITICAL. CAN YOU JUST TELL US IF YOU WAS AGITATED? IN GENERAL, HE WOULD LOOK LIKE A PATIENT WHO HAD THE INJURIES HE HAD. I WOULD RATHER NOT GO INTO ANY SPECIFICS ABOUT WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE AT THIS TIME. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THE SPECIFIC INJURIES AT ALL? I WILL REFER YOU TO THE STATEMENT GIVEN BY THE THE STATE POLICE TO HIS INJURIES. OUR EVALUATION OF HIM ON ARRIVAL IS CONSISTENT WITH THAT AND WE ARE CURRENTLY TREATING HIM AND EVALUATING HIM IN A MANNER SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY HAVE REPORTED IN THEIR STATEMENTS. IS HE GOING TO UNDERGO SURGERY? AT THIS POINT IT’S PREMATURE TO SAY. HE IS BEING EVALUATED BY TRAUMA SURGEONS WHO WOULD MAKE THAT DETERMINATION ONCE THE TESTING IS DONE. HOW DID HE GET TO ALBANY? WHEN WE RECEIVED THE CALL, ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO IS COORDINATE WITH THE SENDING HOSPITAL TO ASSURE THE TRANSPORTATION IS APPROPRIATE. IN THIS CASE, ESTHER SWEAT CAME TO US THROUGH A COMBINATION OF — MR. SWEAT CAME TO US THROUGH A COMBINATION OF GROUND AND AIR. HE WENT FROM AN OUTSIDE HOSPITAL TO AN AIRPORT AND THEN CAME HERE THROUGH GROUND TRANSPORT. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TO BE SECURE FACILITY YOU HAVE EQUIPPED FOR PRISONERS? WE HAVE A SECURED PART OF ITS HOSPITAL WHICH IS DATA BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND IS AN EXTREMIST SECURE UNIT. THAT UNIT IS NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE CARE FOR ALL PATIENTS. IT IS A LOCKED UNIT AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE PROVIDE CARE FOR OUR PATIENTS IN THAT SETTING ON A DAILY BASIS. CAN YOU COMMENT ON HOW MANY INMATES MIGHT BE TREATED IN THE SECURE UNIT IN A GIVEN YEAR? I WOULD HAVE TO GET OFF-LINE WITH YOU ON THOSE NUMBERS. ANY GIVEN DAY, WE MAY HAVE BETWEEN EIGHT AND 10 PATIENTS IN THERE. WE HAVE A CONTRACT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. WE RECEIVED THOSE PATIENTS TO OUR HOSPITAL. I WOULD TELL YOU THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, HE IS AT A SETTING IN THE HOSPITAL APPROPRIATE FOR HIS LEVEL OF CARE. I CAN’T GET INTO THE SPECIFICS. HOW DO THE HIPPO LAWS RELATE TO FELONS — HIPPA LAWS RELATE TO FELONS? I’M NOT ALLEGED GO BEYOND WHAT I HAVE SAID SO FAR. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU ARE ALLOWED TO? I WOULD REFER THOSE QUESTIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. ARE THEY IN PLACE? I AM NOT AUTHORIZED TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS PATIENT ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN I AM FOR ANY OTHER PATIENT. ARE THE HIPPA LAWS ENFORCED FOR A FELON? HIT BUS — HIPPA IS IN PLACE AT THIS TIME. IS THERE ANY CONCERN FOR TAKING THIS INDIVIDUAL INTO A HOSPITAL? NO CONCERN AT ALL. HAVING SEEN WHAT THE INDIVIDUALS I MENTIONED WERE ABLE TO BRING TO BEAR , I CAN SAY WITH CONFIDENCE THAT OUR STAFF AND THE OTHER PATIENTS ARE VERY SAFE. I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE SPECIALLY CERTIFIED IN A WAY THAT OTHERS MAY NOT BE TRAINED. YOU — IN THE SECURE UNIT WE HAVE YOUR IN THE HOSPITAL, YES, THEY UNDERGO VERY RIGOROUS TRAINING. THEY HAVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES . YOU CANNOT EVEN GET ONTO OUR SECURE UNIT UNLESS YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH CERTAIN ADDITIONAL TRAINING. GIVEN THE INJURIES YOU KNOW MR. SWEAT TO HAVE, ARE YOU ABLE TO MAKE A MEDICAL GUESTS AT THIS POINT AS TO HOW LONG HE MAY BE IN THE HOSPITAL? TEXT HIS CONDITION IS — WHAT HIS CONDITION IS CRITICAL. IT IS OBVIOUS HE WOULD NEED TO BE HERE FOR AT LEAST A SERIES OF DAYS FOR SURE. WOULD YOU MIND REPEATING OF THE DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE CARING FOR HIM? CURRENTLY, THIS LIST COULD GROW. THIS WOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH ANY OTHER TYPE OF MULTI TRAUMA PATIENTS THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE. YOU WOULD OFTEN REQUIRE THE SERVICES OF MANY DIFFERENT PROVIDERS. EMERGENCY MEDICINE, TRAUMA DOCTORS, CRITICAL CARE DOCTORS, RADIOLOGY DOCTORS, AND VASCULAR SURGEONS ARE ALL INVOLVED AT THIS TIME. DID HIS TIME IN THE WOODS — CAN YOU SPEAK AT ALL TO IF HIS TIME IN THE WOODS HAVE COMPROMISED HIS HEALTH CONDITION? TEXT I DON’T HAVE THAT INFORMATION. I CAN TELL YOU HAVING BEEN DOWN THERE WHEN HE ARRIVED, THEY ACTED IN AN EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL MANNER. THEY WERE CALM. THIS TO THEM WAS QUITE FRIENDLY PART OF WHAT THEY DO ON A DAILY BASIS. I DIDN’T NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ARE THERE ANY BULLET SHELLS IN HIM?

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