Preparing Medics to Care for COVID19 Patients
Army Medics should be thinking about large scale operations supporting tent-like hospitals. This would not be the typical CSH layout. And it wouldn’t involve most of those reservists that are already working in civilian hospitals. Medics who aren’t already supporting the local infrastructure will be the ones needed to assist. This is the scenario for which we should prepare, even if it never materializes.
I’ve been reaching out to ICU nurses over the last couple days asking about ways that Medics could be called to assist if help is scarce. I’ll be sharing topics that Medics should brush up on or learn. Should your nation call upon you for help, you can be a little more prepared!
One of the topics you may have heard talked about a lot in this fight against COVID-19 is the idea of “Proning.” Watch this video to see how you may be able to assist with proning a patient in the ICU to assist with ARDS.
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All content is intended to be educational only. Medics should operate under the supervision of a medical provider and abide by all local laws while stateside. Medics should only practice at the level credentialed, and only at the level allowed. This content is not intended to treat or give a substitution for any credentialed provider. Content is intended to aid in a deployed prolonged care setting. Take guidance from your leaders. Utilize these posts as preparation and as a supplement to your provider’s direction and teaching.