Pharmacy students assist with COVID-19 testing on campus

At the recent COVID-19 testing events held on the UH Hilo campus, pharmacy students assisted with collecting screening paperwork, checking vital signs, managing traffic flow, and sanitizing all resources between each person.

Pharmacy student in white coat helping someone with testing.
UH Hilo pharmacy student Tricia Stevens helps someone prepare for COVID-19 testing at the Vulcan Gym, UH Hilo campus, Aug 21, 2020. Courtesy photo.

Students from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo are getting real-life experience assisting at the COVID-19 screening events being held on campus.  The four testing events, held in the Vulcan Gym, are being conducted by Premier Medical Group and open to the UH Hilo community and the general public.

At the event on Aug. 21, several hundred people received the simple nasal swab procedure and were told to expect to get results by mail in three to five days. Pharmacy students assisted with collecting screening paperwork, checking vital signs, managing traffic flow, and sanitizing all resources between each person.

Participating students were Steve Aluoch, Marie Cidera, Kendrick Dalmacio, Tiana Enos-Dano, Jayden Kim, Tristan Magdalera, Analeslie Martinez, Madalyn McCaulley, Daijiro Oshitari, and Tricia Stevens.

“I would absolutely go back and help out at another screening event,” says Stevens, a third-year pharmacy student. “Volunteers are a valuable resource, especially during these uncharted waters. As the healthcare system works to solve the COVID-19 crisis, student pharmacists are able to step up and fill vital roles that make this process available to the community.”

Having gone through the deep nasal swab testing twice herself, Stevens says the experience is swift and feels like a tickle deep into the nose. “The nurses were very comforting through the whole process.”

Another testing event was held on Sept. 1, with upcoming events scheduled for Fridays Sept. 18 (update: Sept 18 testing canceled) and Oct. 2.

-Story from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy website.

 

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