OLOL Welcomes HHS Disaster Medical Assistance Team



BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – Members and leaders of the Our Lady of the Lake team will welcome the Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance team who will provide support and capacity increased patient care at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

The HHS DMAT team will consist of two physicians, three mid-level providers, seven nurses, 11 paramedics, a respiratory therapist, two pharmacists, a mental health specialist and six administrative support specialists.

Their team will be here for a month and will allow us to open six additional COVID intensive care beds and provide clinical assistance to our existing COVID units.

The 33-member team was greeted by Notre-Dame du Lac this morning with a traditional hand-blessing ceremony as they come together to treat the largest number of COVID-19 patients the region has seen so far. present due to the Delta variant.

“We are delighted to welcome National Disaster Health Professionals to join our teams and support the continued influx of patients we know,” said Stephanie Manson, Director of Operations at Our Lady of the Lake. “Thanks to their presence, we are able to admit patients faster, open an additional intensive care unit and provide assistance to our existing COVID-19 units. We appreciate the support of our state and federal government in responding to our request for assistance.

Notre-Dame du Lac is currently treating 155 COVID-19 patients in hospital, about a third of whom are in intensive care. On average, a COVID-19 patient is admitted hourly in addition to a constant influx of patients entering the emergency department. The hospital has already put an earlier hiatus on elective hospitalization procedures to make additional beds and staff available to COVID-19 patients. “

Our beds are full of COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated. Over the past two weeks, we’ve seen a rapid influx of younger patients under the age of 50 entering our hospitals with the Delta variant, ”Manson said. “The best way to protect yourself and your family from the highly transmissible virus raging in our community is to get yourself vaccinated. “

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