TUCSON (KVOA) - Tucson Medical Center is getting the help it requested in the fight against COVID-19.
The federal government has sent a Medical Disaster Assistance Team (MDAT) and a Trauma Critical Care Team (TCCT) to TMC to assist the hospital’s emergency department.
The two teams consist of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, paramedics and respiratory therapists.
The MDAT and TCCT teams from Minneapolis, Minnesota began working at TMC on Monday.
The hospitals currently has 53 COVID19 patients, 20 whom are in the unit’s Intensive Care Unit and that’s the current ICU capacity on beds for TMC Healthcare.
The hospital had requested assistance from the Pima County Health Department and the Office of Governor Doug Ducey to assist with the growing number of critical cases it is experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The contingency staff will be on site for the next two weeks.
TMC Healthcare forecasts they will need follow up MDAT and TCCT teams as their fight against the pandemic continues through the summer.
Chief operating officer Mimi Coomler says the hospital has had no issues with personal protective equipment (PPE) for its staff during the Pandemic.
The facility's COVID ICU currently has a sufficient amount of ventilators to service patients.
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