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RRH Completes Installation of ED Surge Tent

RRH Completes Installation of ED Surge Tent

Thursday, April 9, 2020, RIDGECREST, Calif. – In preparation for the event of a potential surge due to COVID-19, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) has expanded its planning and operations with the installation of one patient surge tent outside the emergency department (ED). The tent will be incorporated into ED operations and used as an additional patient care area.

All patients arriving at the RRH Emergency Department will be screened prior to entering. Patients will be sent to the appropriate area, depending on their symptoms.

“It’s really awesome to see how quickly our staff worked get the tents constructed and processes in place,” said Brenda Diel MS, RN, RRH Administrator of Quality, Regulatory, Infection Prevention and Safety. “We are feeling confident that we have taken the necessary steps to ensure we are prepared for any potential patient surge to our emergency department.”

RRH continues to work with county, state and federal health agencies in order to inform and review its surge plans daily.

Those with minor symptoms of COVID-19 — cough, fever and shortness of breath are still urged to quarantine and monitor their symptoms at home. Those experiencing symptoms that require medical care should call their primary care provider or the RRH COVID-19 screening system by texting the word “SCREENING” to 833-RRH-4YOU (774-4968). Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911 or go directly to the emergency room.

Emergency Department Tent

Emergency department tent with chairs

Mask station inside emergency department tent

Bed and wheelchair inside the emergency department tent