USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) Surgical Services Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City
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UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD BETHESDA United States
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USNS COMFORT deployment New York city The U.S. Navy Medicine response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the first time a hospital ship has been deployed to address an infectious disease outbreak. The hospital ships, USNS COMFORT T-AH20 and USNSMERCY T-AH 19, were primarily designed as a trauma platform but have been deployed frequently and successfully for global humanitarian assistance and disaster response.1 The USNS COMFORT T-AH20 was activated from a maintenance period and in less than 7 days arrived in New York City NYC on March 30, 2020.The USNS COMFORT T-AH 20 is a converted oil tanker. She is 894 feet long and the flight deck sits 75 feet above the waterline. The hospital ship has twelve operating rooms including 1interventional radiology suite, a blood bank, pharmacy, and a central sterile processing department. The radiology department has four xray rooms and a computed tomography scanner. Within the 1000 bed capability of the hospital ship, 80 are configured for critical care.2 Eleven of these intensive care unit ICUbeds are isolated in a negative pressure room. The remaining ICU beds are split into open bays with 20 to 23 in each ICU. The remaining beds are in 8 open bay wards that hold 110 to 120 patients in a bunk bed configuration and are ideal for what military triage would term walking wounded.
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