Creating COVID-19 Emergency Support Network of Illinois Veterinarians
March 20, 2020
It is our hope that local hospital resources will be sufficient to meet community needs for the anticipated increase in COVID-19–related hospitalizations. It is also important to plan for a situation where this is not the case and additional help outside of the human healthcare system is required. As members of the veterinary profession, we are uniquely positioned to offer this support.
The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is coordinating with local healthcare providers to create an emergency support network of individuals should our help be needed. I am reaching out to those of you who would potentially consider helping in a community COVID-19 treatment center, assisting respiratory therapists and physicians with patient monitoring, ventilation and other supportive care, and/or helping to manage operations and movement of family/visitors at end-of-life facilities.
Personal protective equipment and training would be provided, and all requested assistance would be in accordance with your level of training and comfort. On-site assistance may not be possible for many of you, and helping by providing remote assistance (phone, video conference call) would also be valuable. Additionally, non-medical support may also be needed.
Ventilation and monitoring equipment may also be needed if hospital supplies become exhausted. If there are pieces of equipment you may be willing to loan for human use (ventilators, ambubags, ECGs, pulse oximeters, capnographs, etc.), these may also be of tremendous help.
If you are willing to be contacted to provide support, please complete this online form:
Contact List for Illinois Veterinary Volunteers during Pandemic
Responding does not commit you to provide support, but rather places you on a contact list that will be kept confidential and will not be used for other purposes. Should help be required and you are contacted, you are under no obligation to provide help at that time, and you can change the type and duration of assistance you are willing to provide at any time as well.
**Please note that all of this planning remains confidential at this time**
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you sincerely for your consideration,
Stephanie Keating, DVM, DVSc, DACVAA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Service Head, Anesthesia and Pain Management
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1008 West Hazelwood Drive, Urbana, IL 61802
Note: The URL for the form to register is https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1652143.
This message was sent to individuals/clinics on the referring veterinarian list of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.