As the number of COVID-19 cases has been on a steady rise over the last several weeks, LifeFlight of Maine continues to work diligently to maintain the highest levels of safety while transporting these critically ill patients from critical access systems to tertiary and quaternary hospitals within Maine and New England. Simultaneously, we have been working with pre-hospital staff to ensure that we are able to transport patients under investigation for COVID-19 (PUI) from remote portions of the state in a safe manner.
We have developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for patients with COVID-19. As recommendations evolve and are updated from the CDC, primary literature, and regional medical centers, we will make additional revisions.
Not only are we addressing the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), but also precautions surrounding procedures including intubation and ventilation management. Our crews are briefed on these updates and are following these recommendations as they evolve. We are also extensively debriefing transports to accelerate our internal learning/QAPI and sharing with other agencies.
Lastly, these documents are as dynamic as the unprecedented pandemic we now face. As new information is released, we will be updating our practices to meet the standards of care and the needs of the system.
In order to ensure that we manage these patients as consistently as possible across the state, it is imperative that we all work in concert together.
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