Disaster medical assistance team in Tupelo helps overwhelmed doctors and nurses



TUPELO, Mississippi (WLBT) – The government has sent a team of 33 healthcare professionals to Tupelo to help manage the influx of COVID-19 patients.

The team works inside the North Mississippi Medical Center.

Doctors, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and pharmacists are part of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).

DMAT is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System, which helps communities respond to and recover from public health emergencies and disasters.

The team can treat up to 24 patients at a time in an inpatient unit or in the NMMC emergency department, where there has recently been a backlog of admitted patients waiting for a hospital bed to be available.

“The people we care for are our families, friends, neighbors and colleagues,” said Jeremy Blanchard, MD, chief medical officer of North Mississippi Health Services. “We welcome DMAT to Tupelo and appreciate their support to our community. “

Much like the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the NMMC has empty hospital rooms but not enough staff to open the rooms to sick patients.

The team will spend at least two weeks in Tupelo.

The federal government covers the costs.

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