Flu absences prompted Los Angeles hospital to close emergency room

From the LA Times:

A Los Angeles hospital was forced to close its emergency room earlier this month because of understaffing after several nurses became sick with the flu, authorities said.

Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, at 2231 S. Western Ave., just south of the Santa Monica Freeway, voluntarily closed its four-bed emergency room Sept. 18 after a surprise visit by state health inspectors, who found that two of three emergency room nurses were out sick, according to hospital CEO John Fenton.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles hospital emergency room has been closed for a week because of understaffing after several nurses became sick with the flu.Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center voluntarily closed its four-bed emergency department on Sept. 18, after a surprise visit by state health inspectors.

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