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Adapting a Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team to Operate During a Pandemic.
Garrett, Andrew L.
  • Garrett AL; The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, USA.
Disaster Med Public Health Prep ; : 1-3, 2020 Oct 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-889067
ABSTRACT
After Hurricane Laura struck the southeast coast of Louisiana in August 2020, the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, deployed several 35-person disaster medical assistance teams in response to requests for medical support at 3 hospital locations that had been severely damaged in the storm. This was the first natural disaster medical deployment for NDMS during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This article describes the modifications to the standard operating procedures that were made at 1 site to reduce the risk of infection to our patients and NDMS responders, including changes to the physical layout of the tenting, and alterations to the triage and treatment process.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Language: English Journal: Disaster Med Public Health Prep Journal subject: Public Health Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Dmp.2020.405

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Language: English Journal: Disaster Med Public Health Prep Journal subject: Public Health Year: 2020 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Dmp.2020.405