El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) has announced the arrival of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to provide support during the current surge of COVID-19 patients.
At the request of the state of California, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deployed a team of medical professionals from its National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). The 33-member DMAT includes physicians and other advanced practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, as well as safety and administrative specialists to provide surge support to Imperial County. Twenty-seven (27) personnel will provide support to ECRMC’s medical-surgical department.
“Unfortunately, the number of those infected here in Imperial County continues to rise and we are doing everything in our power to keep up with the demand,” said Dr. Adolphe Edward, CEO of ECRMC. “Our incredible team of medical staff and providers have continued to work tirelessly throughout the duration of this pandemic, but they can sure use more help, we are extremely grateful for the additional support.”
DMAT team members will collaborate with local staff and medical personnel to provide short- term medical support and expertise to help better manage the surge in patients. The team will be here for 14 days; if additional support is still required following that, the State may request an extension.
As of yesterday, ECRMC has 112 inpatient COVID-19 hospitalizations. The surge capacity tents outside of ECRMC are licensed for 50 beds. While not full, the tents are currently seeing patients.
“While we are happy to have the help,” said Edward. “It is more critical than ever to stop the spread. We are asking our community to please follow recommendations to avoid contracting and spreading this virus. Wash your hands often, practice social distancing, wear masks in public, and avoid large gatherings. We, as a community, can make a difference by simply following these guidelines.”