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IU Health Bloomington Hospital Ups Negative Pressure Rooms 300 Percent

IU Bloomington Hospital

(WFIU/WTIU News)

IU Health Bloomington Hospital officials say they’re enacting plans to deal with an influx of patients as the confirmed number of coronavirus cases rises.

Brian Shockney is the IU Health South Central Region’s president. He says as a larger system, IU Health has taken inventory of what resources they have so they can transport those as needed.

“We feel confident right now that we’ve got what we need projecting out however, we do not know what the future holds," he says.

Shockney says this week, the Bloomington hospital increased their number of negative pressure rooms by 300 percent.

Negative pressure rooms are pressurized so that no airborne contaminants can drift to other areas.

He says the IU Health system is taking inventory three times a day of ventilators and negative pressure rooms they have available.

He says the procedures at an IU Health branch in a rural area are the same as in Bloomington though numbers or resouces may vary.

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