In a post on Reddit, Redditor charliecook wrote, “If you have a fire, then this is the right thing to buy.”
Cook County Hospital (CCH) Hospital Fire Center (HCF) Cook County Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Illinois, has been experiencing increased hospital admissions due to a lack of staffing.
The HCF Cook County Fire Department, a civilian fire department, responded to approximately 2,200 calls in 2016, and over 700 of those were from the HCF Hospital.
According to CCH officials, these calls represent a spike in hospital admissions that is affecting a large number of patients.
“Campfire cooking supplies can be extremely helpful in the hospital setting,” CCH Hospital spokesperson Amy Shumaker told the Chicago Tribune.
“The cost of an all-in kit can range from $40 to $120.
There are a number of items that can be used, from the charcoal to a camping stove.”
There are many more options for patients and staff that can benefit from these items, including cooking kits for camping, propane tanks, and fire extinguishers,” she added.
As of June 2017, there are approximately 2.8 million people in the US, or approximately one out of every six Americans.
With the number of emergency patients now at more than a half million, Cook County has already seen an increase in the number and severity of hospitalizations due to lack of emergency personnel.
According of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one reason people are hospitalized in the United States has been due to an increased number of infections.