Sechenov University opened a hospital to admit COVID-19 patients

April 8

A coronavirus hospital opened in Khamovniki at the clinic of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in Pogodinskaya Street. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and Russian Minister of Healthcare Mikhail Murashko visited the facility.

'We have been making every effort to provide sufficient beds for coronavirus patients involving Moscow clinics, in particular. According to the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation and the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, me and the Minister of Healthcare have developed a system for providing assistance to Moscow residents at the expense of federal clinics, and they are actively involved in the process now. It is one the most advanced coronavirus centres to offer about 2,000 beds. Today, we open the first-phase facilities,' Sergei Sobyanin said.

The Moscow Mayor expressed gratitude to the Minister of Healthcare of Russia and all those who have actively participated in the work. Mikhail Murashko, in turn, thanked the doctors who had repurposed the hospital in a very short time and made it ready to provide medical assistance.

'We are opening multi-specialty hospitals offering such an extensive scope of services, that they can admit any patients, not with pneumonia only, but with many underlying health issues, too. Our highly qualified specialists will provide all possible assistance to patients. It is very important that both federal and city facilities are helping Moscow residents side by side today,' Minister said.

Coronavirus centres will open at four clinical hospitals of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University. The first phase includes 700 beds repurposed, with 400 beds in University Clinical Hospital No.2 (Vasilenko Wing, 1 Pogodinskaya Street) and 300 beds in Clinical Hospital No.4 (15 Dovatora Street).

'Since this is the clinic of the First Medical University, it is also a Federal Advisory Centre today. Daily, doctors from all over Russia consult with its specialists on the most serious patients. Besides, the clinic's specialists have developed study guides and translated many foreign research papers. Today, this is the leading clinic shaping the patient management strategy and assisting specialists from all over Russia,' Mikhail Murashko added.

Vasilenko Wing (Propaedeutics of Internal Diseases, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Clinic) in Pogodinskaya Street has been supplied with artificial lung ventilators. There is also a CT scanner, the most efficient appliance for diagnosing pneumonia, with 12 intensive care beds arranged. To prevent the spread of infection, the healthcare facility has now 'clean' and 'contaminated' zones and decontamination stations (airlocks).

By 13 April, Sechenov University clinics are to have another 1,300 beds, including 500 beds in University Clinical Hospital No.3 (Kozhevnikov Clinic for Nervous Diseases and Tareyev Wing), and 800 beds in University Clinical Hospital No.1.

'I would like to emphasise that our medical and academic staff have been trained appropriately and are ready to work. I believe the federal centre operating at our university offers highly professional medical advice to all Russian patients,' said Pyotr Glybochko, Rector of Sechenov University.

167 Sechenov University interns with a degree in medicine or paediatrics work now in Moscow polyclinics as general practitioners. A total of 730 interns of Moscow universities are currently engaged in Moscow polyclinics. They all have certificates confirming they have passed the admission exam for medical or pharmaceutical activities as paramedical staff. Also, interns have passed initial accreditation to work as therapists. Before they started working, they had mastered EMIAS system and have been properly briefed on assistance to patients with suspected COVID-19.
Besides, more than 100 Sechenov University students volunteer, providing targeted assistance to self-isolated elderly and disabled people, and help healthcare workers in Moscow hospitals.

To date, COVID-19 patients are admitted in 13 federal, city, and private hospitals. Among them are the City Healthcare Centre in Kommunarka, Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospitals No. 1 and No. 2, the hospital on Shabolovka, Bashlyayeva Children's City Clinical Hospital, Sklifosovsky Research Institute, Vorokhobov City Clinical Hospital No.67 (new perinatal building), Filatov City Clinical Hospital No.15, Morozovskaya Children's Clinical Hospital, Children's Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospital No.6 (for newborns), City Clinical Hospital No.52, Lapino Clinical Hospital, and Medsi Group of Companies Hospital.

From 6 April, after repairs, Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospital No.1 will provide extra beds, with coronavirus departments opened in another 15 hospitals:

— War Veterans Hospital No.3 (for elderly patients);

— Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;

— Children’s Health Sciences Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;

— Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University;

— Pirogov Russian Gerontological Research and Clinical Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;

— Medical and Rehabilitation Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;

— National Cardiology Medical Research Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;

— Ryzhikh National Coloproctology Medical Research Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;

— Kulakov National Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology Medical Research Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation;

— RZD-Medicine Central Clinical Hospital;

— Semashko Railway Clinical Hospital of Russian Railways JSC;

— Burnazyan Federal Medical Biophysical Centre;

— National Otorhinolaryngology Medical Research Centre;

— Federal Scientific and Clinical Centre for Specialised Medical Care and Medtech;

— High Medtech Federal Clinical Centre.

All coronavirus departments have COVID-19 trained staff and facilities ready to admit coronavirus patients. Patients will be admitted as needed.

Specialised departments for patients with community-acquired pneumonia opened in four Moscow hospitals — Yudin Hospital, Mukhin Hospital, Demikhov Hospital and Pletnyov Hospital.

Departments to treat COVID-19 patients are being prepared in some more buildings of federal, city and private hospitals. A new infectious diseases hospital with 500 beds is to open soon in the settlement of Voronovskoye (Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative areas). There may be 20,000 beds for COVID-19 patients provided in Moscow, if needed.

Personnel working in coronavirus hospitals get pay supplements of RUB 70,000 per month for doctors, RUB 50,000 for paramedical staff, and RUB 30,000 for nurses and other employees.


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