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URMC pitches respiratory treatment tents

Andrew Hyman
Created: March 18, 2020 06:43 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The University of Rochester Medical Center is now offering a new option to treat people dealing with respiratory problems, problems, which could include the coronavirus.

Both Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals are equipped with temporary treatment tents outside its entrances. 

The tents are designed to see and treat patients quickly, while opening up space inside the regular emergency rooms.

”What we’re trying to do, people talk about flattening the curve, we’re trying to get out ahead of the curve, and be as prepared as possible to provide as much as possible for all of our patients and all of our staff,” Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine Dr. Michael Kamali said.

The tents will be equipped with X-ray imaging, medications, IVs, heat, lighting, as well as internet and phone capabilities. Kamali says the tents are available only for people experiencing mild- to moderate symptoms, from breathing troubles, to a fever, and while the setup is not primarily for coronavirus testing, doctors will have the ability to do some limited tests. 

Kamali says the goal is to open up more space inside the normal emergency room, and hopefully get patients treated, and sent home to recover. 

Highland will differ from Strong, as treatments will be done in an isolated part of the emergency room.

“If a patient needs it, we will take care of them. That's what we do day in and day out, and this is no different, and we're just preparing for more patients," Kamali said.

If you are sent home, and wind up not improving, you will be able to follow up with doctors. 

For people who are experiencing more severe symptoms, you would be taken into the regular emergency room.

Both hospitals will allow walk-ups, and some EMS calls could be transferred to the tents. 

The county is still stressing people who believe they are suffering from COVID-19 to first call their primary care physician, or call the

Monroe County Health Department info line at 585-753-5555.

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