Central Texas hospital initiates triage process for ER patients

AdventHealth Central Texas in Killeen has initiated a triage process that involves screening ER patients outside the hospital. (File)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) AdventHealth Central Texas in Killeen has initiated a triage process that involves screening ER patients outside the hospital to determine whether they should be seen in the emergency room or referred to the hospital’s Respiratory Protocol Station.

“We know that people need care that is not related to the COVID 19 pandemic,” said Kevin Roberts, CEO of AdventHealth Central Texas.

“These changes to our screening process are an effort to keep everyone needing emergency care safe.”

All patients coming to the emergency room will be weighed, measured and have their vitals taken and then will be screened for COVID-19 outside of the hospital.

Those who screen negative for the virus will be taken to the ER.

Those who screen positive will be taken to the Respiratory Illness Protocol Station to be tested for COVID-19.

The hospital, in keeping with an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, has canceled all elective surgeries.

“These are scary times for people,” Roberts said.

“But we want to assure the public that we are here to care for them in a safe environment.”