COVID-19: how we prepared for the surge to come
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COVID-19: how we prepared for the surge to come

Roisin Devlin Emergency nurse, and interim clinical manager, Unscheduled care at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Vital work to increase capacity and improve infection control has seen staff pull together like never before

In mid-January, two of our emergency department (ED) consultants at the Belfast trust where I work began monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in China. They soon realised the gravity of the situation. By the time COVID-19 reached Italy, they could predict that the surge in Belfast would occur in mid-April, with an estimated 3,500 positive cases and 165 people needing intensive care.

Emergency Nurse. 28, 3, 14-14. doi: 10.7748/en.28.3.14.s12

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