Ruby Valley Search & Rescue Provides Triage Facilities for the Ruby Valley Medical Center

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

The Ruby Valley Search & Rescue team recently set-up their triage tent and trailer system at the Ruby Valley Medical Center for use as a temporary facility to evaluate possible Covid-19 patients. The triage area opens up options for the care of patients with respiratory infections while maintaining a safe environment for clinic patients inside the hospital.

Patients who suspect they have been exposed to the coronavirus or have Covid-19 respiratory symptoms are instructed to call Ruby Valley Medical Center prior to coming to the hospital. If a Covid-19 test or evaluation by a healthcare provider is indicated, the patient will go to the east side of the hospital and wait in their car for a healthcare provider. In certain situations, additional evaluation will be necessary. “Now we have the option of seeing the patients either in the tent or in the decontamination room, adjacent to the ER,” said Dr. Roman Hendrickson, Medical Director at Ruby Valley Medical Center. “Use of the tent or the decontamination room depends on our volume and the weather. If a vehicle has more than one person who might be sick, or the patient has children with them, now we can see them in the tent which has much more space than the decontamination room.” The decontamination room has its own entrance which eliminates the possibility of spreading any virus droplets to the emergency room.

Dr. Hendrickson is pleased that the additional area for seeing respiratory infectious patients works well with the hospital’s safety protocols. “Everyone who comes into the building is screened for temperature elevation. If they have an elevated temperature, they won’t come into the building. They will receive further evaluation in the decontamination room or the tent,” said Hendrickson. Employees are also restricted from entering the hospital with an elevated temperature. “We keep anyone with a temperature totally out of the building. These protocols are in place to ensure that evaluations of respiratory infections will not take place in an area that could pass on the virus,” added Hendrickson.