Union Hospital staff discuss supplies and resources amid COVID-19 outbreak

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As hospitals across the country take on COVID-19, Union Hospital discusses the supplies and resources that they have available.

All three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vigo County have occurred at Union Hospital.

While handling the outbreak, proper personal protective equipment like masks are key. So how do Union staff feel about the resources they have?

“Our supply chain directors are on top of everything, they’ve been planning ahead, trying to get ahead. Right now, we’re doing decent,” said Barry Nicoson, Union EMS emergency preparedness coordinator.

Nicoson also says that Union Hospital does have a fair amount of equipment to treat patients, such as ventilators.

He says there is the potential of running low on these resources but staff have looked ahead of this issue.

“We’ve planned ahead for that. There’s a potential to run two patients on one ventilator. There’s some ways you can do things like that to maximize and our people are on top of it,” Nicoson said.

When it comes to testing, Nicoson says testing remains limited and those at highest risk will remain a priority.

“If someone needs to be tested and meets the criteria, we’re absolutely going to do that but it’s very important that we maintain all of our supplies for people who turn out to be really really sick,” Nicoson said.

To limit the outbreak’s impact on the hospital’s supplies and resources Nicoson says social distancing is at the forefront.

“We need to be very smart on our social distancing. We need to be very smart on isolating and not showing up just to say hi to people, we just can’t do that,” Nicoson said.

Nicoson says portions of the hospital has been dedicated to treating patients with COVID-19 for safety reasons.

Nicoson also says that Union Hospital is reporting numbers of their equipment to the state daily.

If you believe you are showing symptoms of covid-19 you are encouraged to call Union Hospital’s hotline at 812-238-4871.

Staff ask that you call before showing up in person.

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