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French Army sets up first EMR for COVID-19 patients

25th March 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The French Army has set up the first military resuscitation element (EMR) in response to the growing number of COVID-19 coronavirus patients in France.

The EMR is usually deployed overseas but it was installed at Mulhouse Hospital in eastern France on 21 March. The EMR carries out major surgical operations but has been adapted to care for COVID-19 patients with additional facilities such as ventilation and resuscitation capabilities.

Final checks before the first 30 patients are admitted are underway and approximately 100 medical professionals will manage the unit once operational.

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