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COVID-19 Will Complicate Hospital Evacuations


By Cathy Jakicic Emergency Preparedness
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Preparing to evacuate a hospital when a hurricane is headed it is difficult and potentially made more difficult this hurricane season by COVID-19, according to The Daily News.

The University of Texas Medical Branch has been training to deal with a complex disaster during a COVID-19 flare up.

In addition to new buildings designed to better withstand major storms, the medical branch now has several ambulance buses equipped to evacuate more patients in a single vehicle. 

With COVID-19 patients, the buses would cohort infected patients and plan the use of personal protective equipment with personnel when calculating how many patients could fit on one ambulance bus.

 

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.

 

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