Memorial Hermann Life Flight adapts to COVID-19
Discover how Memorial Hermann Life Flight is adapting to COVID-19 in the video below:
Memorial Hermann Life Flight® has a long history of picking up patients at the scene of a motor vehicle collision or mass casualty incident but the state’s first air ambulance service is preparing for its next mission, a potential COVID-19 surge in the Southeast Texas region.
How is Life Flight preparing for the region’s surge?
- Life Flight has dedicated one helicopter from its fleet and developed a formal transportation protocol for treating patients with COVID-19. As part of this protocol, the team will follow all guidelines for sanitation and cleaning, dawn the appropriate personal protective equipment as well as enhance their sanitation with the use of a state of the art UVC sanitation robot. A dedicated and specialized team consisting of a Life Flight Nurse and Life Flight Paramedic will be on board each flight. In addition, in an effort to safeguard equipment from being contaminated, the helicopter has only the necessary equipment needed to treat COVID-19 patients including the ability to continue ECMO.
- In addition to picking up patients at the scene of an emergency, Life Flight provides medical transfers for patients needing more acute or intensive care at not just hospitals throughout the Memorial Hermann Health System but multiple hospitals throughout the region. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the region, the need for more intensive care may also rise and Life Flight will be called, as needed to transfer patients throughout the Memorial Hermann Health System.
For more information about Memorial Hermann and the response to COVID-19, visit the Memorial Hermann Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center at https://www.memorialhermann.org/coronavirus/
Source: Memorial Hermann