Medical Center sends flu patients to separate makeshift ER

Emergency Management Alert, September 29, 2009

MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland has decided to use an indoor plastic tent to treat patients who come to the hospital with flu-like symptoms, reports

The change is designed to minimize the amount of time for possible transmission of the H1N1 flu virus from potentially infectious patients to those who are well. The makeshift emergency room is not for isolation, but for treatment, according to Marek Owca, director of emergency management at Metro. The hospital is mimicking other hospitals in California, with the critical difference that their tent is inside the hospital.

Patients who report symptoms of the flu will be given a mask at check-in and directed to the tent.


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