Protecting Hospital Staff From Highly Communicable Virus - EMS NEEDS PROTECTIONRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Sep 15 2020 11:24 PM
DOTHAN - HOUSTON COUNTY: Southeast Health revealed Amazon devices installed allowing COVID patients the opportunity to communicate with the nursing staff at Southeast Health.
In articles RSN has phrased EMS ( Emergency Medical Services/Ambulance ) are "in the enclosed box" with the patients. Recently someone asked me to explain.
What RSN is referring to, the EMS staff are in the enclosed ambulance with known and unknown COVID patients when dealing on the scene with the patient and transporting them to medical facilities.
As you see Southeast Health is quoted below as stating - "One of our top priorities as a leadership team has been protecting our ( HOSPITAL ) staff from this highly communicable virus".
Southeast Health further identifies a problem faced by EMS and the hospitals - "The national shortage of personal protective equipment and the disruption of the normal PPE supply chain is an ongoing concern" ( HOSPITAL PPE - WHAT ABOUT EMS PPE? )
Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah has worked to help provide PPE and needed supplies for EMS. But there are still very much needed supplies.
IT IS THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL WORKERS who are required to transport COVID positive patients to the medical facilities. Think of the size of the back of the ambulance, van or modular. And if you are a EMS provider, you are subjected to patients who you may or may not know they are COVID positive.
The completed vehicle shall have the following minimum dimensions: (Exterior) -Height: 91" -Width: 96.25" -Length: 173" (Interior) -Height: 74" -Aisle 48" -Length: 169" OVERALL DIMENSIONS (Including Chassis, Module and Step): -Height: 114" -Width: 100" -Length: 311" M
AS YOU SEE... not a lot of escape room or place for distance from the EMS provider and the patient.
EMS face the same problems as the hospitals. This week the Houston County Commission agreed to front some money for EMS for some much needed equipment to prevent - prepare and respond to COVID. But Governor Ivey, President Trump, you are forgetting the dangers the EMS are in. And the funding is often a non-profit entity who is having to front the expenses which are often times not reimbursed.
Amazon devices connect COVID patients, hospital staff at Southeast Health
QUOTES FROM THE ARTICLE
One of our top priorities as a leadership team has been protecting our staff from this highly communicable virus,” said Melissa Owens, chief nursing officer at Southeast Health. “The national shortage of personal protective equipment and the disruption of the normal PPE supply chain is an ongoing concern.
We’re going to see more and more of that telemedicine use stay in the mainstream and not just go back to normal where everything is in person,” Daffron said.
|MXP 150||MXP 170|
|Overall Length||285" - 291 "* (724 cm - 739 cm)||294"- 31 l "* (747 cm - 790 cm)|
|Overall Width||95" (241 cm)||95" (241 cm)|
|Overall Height*||110" (279 cm)||110" (279 cm)|
|Headroom||72" (183 cm)||72" (183 cm)|