Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2020

Publication Title

J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open

Keywords

2019-nCoV

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has rapidly evolved and now dominates the attention and full efforts of the emergency medicine community, both domestic and abroad. Seattle is the site of the initial diagnosed COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the United States. We provide an overview of the system-level response of 6 Seattle emergency departments and the Washington state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local efforts involved the spectrum of emergency response including on- and off-site triage strategies, an approach to personal protective equipment, testing and reporting protocols, early treatments, communication strategies, the impact on front-line providers, and ongoing work.

Department

Emergency Medicine

Department

Infectious Diseases

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