SAN ANTONIO – The Brooke Army Medical Center not only treats its own patients for COVID-19, but also welcomes trauma patients from 22 counties in southwest Texas to help ease the burden on local health systems.
“Over the past two weeks, as we did in the past two outbreaks, we have removed more of that traumatic load from the teaching hospital. So (Southwest Regional Advisory Council) can balance the load of patients and prioritize other patients, COVID patients, in college and prevent them from being overwhelmed, ”said the US Air Force Col. Patrick Osborn, San Antonio Military Health System Chief Surgeon. and the Deputy Commander of Surgical Services at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Osborn said BAMC receives patients from facilities that lack the resources to treat serious injuries.
“We are taking all of this back to support and truly maintain the regional trauma system globally and allow our other healthcare partners to focus on COVID care because everyone is really in a crisis due to this current wave.” , Osborn said.
BAMC has also seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients.
“Our average age is younger than in past outbreaks, and I will say our census is larger than it was in previous outbreaks,” Osborn said.
Osborn said the BAMC is providing COVID-19 tests and vaccines to military personnel, retirees and their families.
“The vaccination site is at Fort Sam Houston, and it’s a pretty well set up, very efficient machine,” Osborn said.
With COVID-19 not going away anytime soon, Osborn said BAMC medical professionals are ready to help in any way they can.
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