Local physicians recommend against establishing a COVID care center on Vashon Island

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Vashon medical professionals have recommended against establishing an on-island care center for COVID-19 patients.

In a care plan issued Friday, April 3, the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) said the island lacks what is needed for such a center, including available doctors, other health-care workers, and a facility with necessary supplies.

One example: There is no anesthesiologist on Vashon to assist in intubating COVID-19 patients to help them breathe.

“We recommend that those patients unable to remain at home should be transported to facilities on the mainland where they are more likely to receive appropriate levels of care,” the document says.

While it is unlikely that Vashon 9-1-1 calls will exceed the island’s ambulance capacity, the MRC is working with Vashon Island Fire & Rescue on a contingency plan in case that happens. Preventing on-island transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 should remain the principal focus, the MRC said.

The MRC is a team of island health-care professionals and experts in related fields that works with Vashon Island Fire & Rescue and Vashon Be Prepared to plan for and respond to emergencies such as the current outbreak.

Read the full April 3 Care Plan discussion at https://VashonBePrepared.org/MRC-CarePlan.pdf

Health care professionals including clinicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, and psychologists are encouraged to volunteer with the Vashon Medical Reserve Corps during the COVID-19 pandemic. To volunteer, please send your name, contact information and a brief description of your health care expertise and experience to mrc@vashonbeprepared.org.