Rural hospitals and rescue squads are developing coronavirus protocols and communicating them to their communities.
“The Chester Ambulance Service has had a protocol in place to protect medical personnel for years, according to Amanda Silva, the town’s health officer who also serves on the ambulance service. She noted that personal protective equipment is key. That includes eye protection, masks, gloves, boots and full-body gowns. These are all disposable in bio-hazard containers on arrival at the hospital. According to Silva and Chester Ambulance Coordinator Dan Cook, using the protective gear makes the interaction with an infected patient “low risk.” According to Birgit Sutter-Davis, the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad has formed a five-person task force to review and beef up the organization’s protocols for handling COVID 19 patients."
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