COVID Trailer opens at Hospital of Central Connecticut; Hartford HealthCare expects surge of patients over next two weeks

Published on Friday, 3 April 2020 19:27
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain opened a COVID-19 trailer for patient triage Friday morning.

“The triage area is a custom designed space that our leadership team spent countless hours working on to ensure that we are able to safely screen all of our patients outside the department and decide where the best area for treatment is for the safety of everyone, and really expands our treatment space,” said Audrey Scott, RN, assistant nurse manager of emergency medicine at Hartford HealthCare. “So we’re really ensuring we’re prepared and we’re ready to care for everyone appropriately.”

Hartford HealthCare has been trying to manage and maintain helping patients, but finds testing and tracking an issue.

“As an expert in infectious disease, I would have to agree with Dr. Fauci’s statement recently about the 100,000 to 200,000 deaths if this continues to spread like it has in New York, California and some of the mid west states and that is something that we have to be aware of,” said Dr. Faiqa Cheema, MD, Assistant Nurse Manager, Emergency Medicine, Hartford HealthCare. “If we did have broader based testing we could get a complete answer of the denominator, the number of people who are infected or the number of people who are actually dying from this disease the number or the mortality maybe if you do the mathematical equation would be a little bit lower.”

People with moderate to severe symptoms can be tracked, but those A-symptomatic carriers or the people who have no symptoms, but can spread the virus, can’t be.

“That’s what’s challenging in terms of containing the spread of this infection and preventing community spread in this situation,” Cheema said.

Hartford HealthCare expects a surge in the next two weeks, but will continue to implement protocols, procedures and new ways to help patients. The hospital group continues to urge the community to practice social distancing and self quarantining measures.

Hartford HealthCare is now in the mitigation and management phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The postponement of elective surgeries will remain effective until May 4, but could be extended longer.

“We want to ensure that we are focusing on critical care services and we made a decision on curtailing or limiting elective surgeries and as it stands right now only emergency and urgent cases are being done,” said Keith Grant, APRN, Senior System Director for Infection Prevention, Hartford HealthCare.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 3 April 2020 19:27. Updated: Friday, 3 April 2020 19:29.