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Friday, November 13, 2020

麻州將重啟Worcester DCU田野醫院

麻州麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)強調,遏制疫情,必須全體州民同心協力,不鬆懈的
戴口罩,保持安全距離,勤習手。(周菊子攝)
             (Boston Orange 編譯)麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)(13)日表示,將重啟位於屋斯特(Worcester)DCU中心的田野醫院。有必要時,可在121日時撥出240個病床給病人用。麻州大學紀念醫療中心(University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center)將負責營運。

             查理貝克表示,從勞工節週末以來,疫情的發展方向明顯不對,州政府已經和醫院,以及地方市鎮討論設立田野醫院的可行性。今年4月時,麻州政府共設置了5個田野醫院,但疫情並未嚴重到麻州所有的醫院都不堪負荷,

             根據波士頓環球報的紀錄,4月中開始營運,有216張病床的DCU中心田野醫院,共醫治了275名病人。

Eric W. Dickson , 麻州大學紀念醫療董事長。(周菊子攝)

波士頓希望(Boston Hope)”,這個斥資1200萬元,有1000張病床,設在波士頓會議展覽中心(BCEC)的田野醫院,在8個星期的營運中,接納了720名病人,以空出急診病房給病情更重的病人。最後的2名病人在6月初從那兒出院。

在達特茅斯(Dartmouth)、羅爾( Lowell),以及伯恩(Bourne)的這3個田野醫院,在一個病人都沒有之後,關閉了。

麻州健康及人民服務長Marylou Sudder表示,州政府正在加強接觸追蹤,已批准兩個機構增聘接觸追蹤者,目前共有能說16種不同語言的接觸追蹤者。

麻州大學紀念醫療中心代表今日在州長的疫情匯報會中表示,有了這幾個月來的經驗後,醫生們已經掌握了更多治療新冠病毒的方法,目前該院只有9名病人還在使用呼吸器,相信在這次的疫情回升中,不會出現沒有足夠呼吸器的情況。

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Re-establishment of a
Field Hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester

 

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that the first field hospital will be stood up at the DCU Center in Worcester as the Commonwealth prepares additional capacity for COVID-19 patients. This site will be built by the National Guard and is the first field hospital to re-open in the state since June.

 

“The Commonwealth continues to see an alarming rise in cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 and we are acting now to expand hospital capacity,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “All residents are urged to follow guidance to wear masks, stay home at night and stop gathering. We are preparing our hospital system to add more beds and stand up our first field hospital to care for COVID-19 patients if these trends continue. We will keep working with our health care system to monitor capacity and will be prepared to open more locations if needed.”

 

The plan to re-establish the field hospital in Worcester was activated this week. The site is expected to be available for patients in the first week of December if needed and additional locations will be added in other regions if necessary. No further changes or restrictions to regular hospital services in Massachusetts are being implemented at this time.

 

“Since Day One of our response to this crisis, we have worked to ensure that our hospitals and health care providers have the resources they need to meet the acute care health needs of our residents,” said EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders, the COVID-19 Command Center Director. “We are in a much better position to respond to what will be a difficult next few months, and the early re-opening of this field hospital is based on the data we see is the right action to take at this time."

 

State officials have closely monitored several metrics and note that hospitalizations since Labor Day have increased from 178 to 661. While the hospital system manages the current demand for COVID and non-COVID care, the DCU site will provide approximately 240 additional beds to care for lower-acuity COVID-19 patients, helping preserve hospital system capacity for higher-risk patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or other serious health conditions.

 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will coordinate the logistics of the DCU Center field hospital, in close collaboration with the Command Center, City of Worcester, and UMass Memorial Health Care, which will again lead all clinical, day-to-day, operations.

 

“The Commonwealth’s forward planning and ability to stand up this Alternate Care Site with our partners is a direct result of lessons learned and our experience during the first wave of the pandemic,” said MEMA Director Samantha Phillips. "We hope that we won't need all of these overflow beds, but if we do, they’ll be ready.”

 

The DCU Center was the first of five field hospitals constructed by the Commonwealth during the response to the springtime surge of COVID-19 cases. From early April until late May, when it was de-mobilized, the DCU site served 161 patients. In total, the DCU and the Boston Hope field hospitals cared for more than 570 hospital patients during the first pandemic surge.     

 

“This is the right thing to do and at the right time. The field hospital was an enormous asset for Central Massachusetts hospitals during the spring surge. I believe it can serve an even greater purpose today because we have learned so much more about the virus and caring for COVID-19 patients since then. Our team is ready to deploy and to assist the state’s hospitals,” said Eric W. Dickson, MD, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care.

 

Alternate Care Sites are designed as clinical spaces for lower acuity patients. These sites provide a relief valve for hospitals, allowing them to manage or reconfigure their facilities to care for more seriously ill patients. Each site is built to safely accommodate the beds, equipment, and medical supplies needed to appropriately care for COVID-19 patients.

 

The establishment of field hospitals has been a critical strategy in Massachusetts' response to COVID-19. Additionally, the Command Center has added 30 specialty beds at two long term care facilities to increase capacity for individuals being discharged from acute care hospitals to nursing home level of care and are on ventilators or had tracheotomies. The Commonwealth’s continued preparedness has also included the stockpiling of millions of pieces of PPE, including gloves, masks, gowns, and other essential equipment as hundreds of additional ventilators. The state’s emergency stockpile will buttress strong preparedness that hospitals and other health care facilities have undertaken in the last several months, including building their own inventories to respond to the next stage of the pandemic.

(From the governor's office)

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