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Medical tent raised to serve flu patients at Palomar Medical Center

 

Last updated 1/11/2018 at 10:56pm

A temporary medical tent is being used to triage and treat flu patients at Palomar Medical Center.

ESCONDIDO – Palomar Medical Center Escondido is triaging flu patients in a temporary medical tent erected outside its emergency department to expedite treatment and contain the spread of the influenza virus.

Nurses are screening all entering patients to the emergency department, handing out surgical masks and directing anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms to the medical tent where they will be treated and discharged or redirected for admission to the hospital.

The emergency department has been seeing an unusually high volume of patients this holiday season, treating as many as 40 percent more patients than the norm on any given day.

The Medical Center is also discouraging visitors except for care partners and immediate family members age 16 and older. For the safety of the patients, anyone exhibiting any illness will be asked to come back at a later time once they are fully healthy.

To help limit the spread of the influenza virus, the community is asked to wash their hands with soap and water often and consider getting a flu shot if they haven't already done so. For more information, visit http://www.palomarhealth.org.

 

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