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UW Medicine sets up tents to prepare for surge of patients in COVID-19 outbreak

UW Medicine is implementing its plan to take care of a surge of sufferers with COVID-19 respiratory signs, together with the erection of tents exterior hospital emergency departments for preliminary screening.

The surge plan must be absolutely in place by April 1, the University of Washington’s medical system mentioned right this moment in a information launch. UW Medicine manages 4 hospitals within the Seattle space, together with Harborview Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center – Montlake and UW Medical Center – Northwest.

Once the plan is in impact, sufferers who’re capable of stroll and have respiratory signs — corresponding to cough, fever or sore throat — will likely be directed to a tent exterior the emergency division.

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Emergency-care and acute-care employees members will conduct a quick analysis of every affected person. They’ll decide whether or not the affected person might be handled and discharged on the spot, or must be directed to essentially the most applicable care setting within the hospital or at an alternate web site.

“We are all constructing an area to satisfy the demand of that respiratory sickness that comes together with COVID-19 in addition to different issues that may trigger that, like influenza, which is in our neighborhood proper now, too,” Steve Mitchell, medical director for Harborview’s emergency division, mentioned in a video concerning the surge plan.

Each hospital is growing architectural plans to change inside areas within the emergency departments, to offer protected look after sufferers with respiratory sicknesses and reduce the danger of spreading coronavirus. The variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances in Seattle and King County has steadily risen to a complete of 1,359 as of right this moment. The county’s loss of life toll stands at 100 and is bound to rise as properly.

“We are all wanting on the projections, the place we all know we have to put together,” Mitchell mentioned. “And so this enables us to develop these capabilities, however it additionally permits us to carry collectively cohort sufferers into an identical space, and that approach we will make issues extra environment friendly for them.”

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