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VA Maine adds triage unit outside ER

Apr 07, 2020
Source: VA Maine Website VA Maine has set up this COVID-19 triage unit in the parking lot outside the emergency room in Togus.

Augusta — In an effort to keep veterans, staff and members of the community healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, VA Maine teamed up with members of the Maine National Guard to establish an external triage unit in the parking lot adjacent to the emergency room at the Togus VA Medical Center.

The Maine National Guard provided the unit's exterior shell and lighting fixtures.

The new unit will enable VA Maine to maintain regular emergency department patient flow and treat low-to-no-risk of COVID-19-infected patients. The external triage unit will also minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure to veteran patients and staff inside the facility.

The unit’s capabilities include the ability to intubate and maintain a mechanical respirator on a veteran in respiratory distress or failure in the short term, while awaiting admission to the hospital or transfer to another facility.

The external triage unit began caring for veterans on March 23. The current operational hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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