Bryan Health sees additional positive COVID-19 tests, discusses surge plan

Bryan Health officials said Friday they continue to see a steady trickle of positive COVID-19 test results. 
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Bryan Health officials said Friday they continue to see a steady trickle of positive COVID-19 test results.

Bob Ravenscroft, vice president of advancement, said Bryan has recorded 53 positive tests and 1,030 negative tests. An additional 153 tests are still pending.

Bryan continues to care for five in-house COVID-19 positive patients. Of those, four are from Lancaster County.

In addition to the five positive patients, 13 others are awaiting results.

Two people remained on ventilators Friday. One of the patients has been on a ventilator for five days and the other for eight days. Jason Rathbun, a Bryan Health respiratory therapist, said the patients are stable.

Bryan officials also discussed plans for a potential surge in patients.

In an effort to use less personal protective equipment, Bryan has set up a telemedicine network that allows physicians to interact with patients without going into their rooms.

Bryan has also converted 26 Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines into ventilators as part of the surge plan, though officials said they have suspended those operations because they have plenty of available ventilators on hand.

Ravenscroft said in the case of a surge that forced physicians to prioritize which patients received ventilators or other resources, Bryan Health has an established ethics committee that evaluates and makes that type of “gut-wrenching” decision.

 

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