Rapid emergency department physical space modifications for covid-19: Keeping patients and health care workers safe

Emily G. Wessling, Amanda H. Randolph, Luke A. Neill, Kumar R. Gandhi, Michael Conrardy, Jason D. Chodakowski, Matthew Kippenhan, Timothy M. Loftus*, Sanjeev Malik

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant strain on emergency departments (EDs) that were not designed to care for many patients who may be highly contagious. This report outlines how a busy urban ED was adapted to prepare for COVID-19 via three primary interventions: 1) creating an open-air care space in the ambulance bay to cohort, triage, and rapidly test patients with suspected COVID-19, 2) quickly constructing temporary doors on all open treatment rooms, and 3) adapting and expanding the waiting room. This description serves as a model by which other EDs can repurpose their own care spaces to help ensure safety of their patients and health care workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Disaster Planning
  • Efficiency
  • Emergency Care Systems
  • Emergency Department Operations
  • Emergency Medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Rapid emergency department physical space modifications for covid-19: Keeping patients and health care workers safe'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this