Surge Tent Raised to Serve Flu Patients


Emergency Department Treating High Volume of Patients

Image of Surge Tent at Palomar Health Escondido ESCONDIDO, Calif. – Palomar Medical Center Escondido is triaging flu patients in a temporary medical tent erected outside its Emergency Department to expedite treatment and contain the spread of the influenza virus.

Nurses are screening all entering patients to the emergency department, handing out surgical masks and directing anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms to the medical tent where they will be treated and discharged or redirected for admission to the hospital.

The emergency department has been seeing an unusually high volume of patients this holiday season, treating as many as 40 percent more patients than the norm on any given day.

The Medical Center is also discouraging visitors except for care partners and immediate family members 16 and older. For the safety of the patients anyone exhibiting any illness will be asked to come back at a later time once they are fully healthy.

To help limit the spread of the influenza virus, please wash your hands with soap and water often and consider getting a flu shot if you haven’t already done so. Palomar Health provides a plethora of flu shot clinics. Click here for the schedule.


About Palomar Health
Palomar Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in northern San Diego County and the first California member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. It is the largest public healthcare district by area in the state, with more than 500,000 residents, and is governed by a publicly-elected board of directors. Palomar Health has several facilities serving North County, including hospitals in Escondido and Poway, expresscare health clinics in Escondido and San Elijo Hills, and a skilled nursing facility in Poway. The health system provides medical services in virtually all fields of medicine, including primary care, cardiovascular care, emergency services, trauma, cancer, orthopedics, women’s health, rehabilitation, robotic surgery and bariatric surgery. For more information about Palomar Health, please visit

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