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Disaster medical assistance team in Tupelo helping overwhelmed doctors, nurses

Disaster medical assistance team in Tupelo helping overwhelmed doctors, nurses
Disaster medical assistance team in Tupelo helping overwhelmed doctors, nurses(NMMC)
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 10:50 AM CDT
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TUPELO, Miss. (WLBT) - The government sent a 33-member team of health professionals to Tupelo to help care for the surge of COVID-19 patients.

The team is working inside North Mississippi Medical Center.

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

DMAT is part of the U.S. 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 NMMC’s Emergency Department, where there has recently been a backlog of admitted patients waiting on a hospital bed to become available.

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

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

The team will spend at least two weeks in Tupelo.

The federal government is covering the cost.

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