In anticipation of the potential needs of an Alternate Care Facility (ACF) for Guam’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and future emergencies, the Government of Guam purchased 150 Emergency Field Beds through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.
The beds are valued at $142,500. The items were received last week by the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense.
“As we continue our response and recovery to this pandemic, we must also better prepare ourselves for the future. Our response to COVID-19 is constantly evolving, and we know more now than we did in March,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “If we wait for the next pandemic to prepare, then we are already too late. By putting in place the proper infrastructure right now, we will better position ourselves to respond to future emergencies.”
Emergency field beds are ideal for medical surges. They are often used in triage centers and pop-up areas of care, including hospital emergency departments and military field hospitals.
“We are continually working to expand public health and medical services capability and capacity for the island,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “We continue to support Government of Guam front liners by coordinating the resources they need to stay in the fight. We want to recognize the Department of Public Works for the use of their Transportation Maintenance Section Warehouse for the temporary storage of medical equipment.”
“These beds are easily stored, are more adjustable for patient positioning and come equipped with an intravenous pole and medical grade mattress which can be easily sanitized. Fifty are designated to augment the Guam Memorial Hospital’s surge capacity. The remainder is on stand-by should we need to open an ACF. They can be rapidly deployed and used in any disaster,” said SGT Fernando Esteves, Surgeon Cell Medical Logistics and Operations Coordinator.
(Adelup News Release)