COVID-19 has changed how we operate: from home and schools, to businesses and medical facilities. Emergency rooms especially have had to adjust quickly in how they provide medical care. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been about 1.5 million ER visits related to COVID-like symptoms. Some states have seen over 20,000 patients in their emergency rooms since the virus became known in the US. Our hats are off to all the first responders and anyone on the front line of this unprecedented pandemic. Here’s a look at emergency rooms during COVID-19.
How Have ERs Evolved During COVID-19?
In the hopes of keeping those without symptoms from getting sick, many ERs and hospitals have been forced to restructure quickly. Some ERs and hospitals have created separate entrances for individuals presenting with COVID-19 symptoms. A separate entrance has been designated for other emergencies such as strokes, heart attacks, asthma attacks, etc. Other changes include requiring individuals to have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter the hospital. Some are not allowing patients to bring anyone with them—even for non-COVID-19-related issues—unless the patient is under age.
Throughout the United States, hospitals have been forced to limit services to those who were in extreme need. Some hospitals and stand-alone emergency rooms, like Hospitality Health ER in Tyler, Longview, and Galveston, have set up triage outside under tents. Most medical centers are screening anyone who enters the building. Many are requiring anyone who enters to wear masks. As more and more people test positive and require hospitalization, ERs are having to rearrange how they operate in order to meet the demands.
Although some states are reducing restrictions, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in certain areas. Hospitality Health ER is committed to safe practices and to do what is needed to provide the best possible care for all in need. We’ll continue to make changes as needed to ensure that all patients get safe and proper care.
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