Vorokhobov Hospital to admit COVID-19 patients

March 26
Healthcare

Vorokhobov City Clinical Hospital No. 67 opened a department for patients with suspected coronavirus. 330 beds, including 20 beds in the intensive care unit, were placed in sector A of the would-be perinatal centre. The number of beds will be increased to 500, if needed.

'Today, we are opening a building with an area of 50,000 sq m. It will be the most advanced perinatal centre of Hospital No.67 in the future, but now we are temporarily repurposing it to treat coronavirus patients,' Sergei Sobyanin said.

To open the new department as soon as possible, the following has been done:

— new airlocks have been installed to prevent the spread of infection and protect patients and staff;

— special germicidal appliances to keep the air clean have been delivered;

— clean and contaminated areas have been separated to ensure the safety of personnel and prevent the spread of infection;

— medical gas supply system for the intensive care unit has been mounted.

Having checked the work done, Sergei Sobyanin thanked the clinic's staff.

'It is indeed a highly complex process to complete such a reorganisation in 10 days, even with the help of all city services and builders. I’d like to say thank you to your team, you did it great,' the Mayor said.

High epidemiological safety in the building is ensured by a modern admission department with isolated boxes and separate entrances for admitting and discharging patients.

'The commissioning activities have been carried out with the safety of both patients and hospital employees in mind, that is our top priority. We have a new and safe admission department, and an absolutely safe intensive care unit,' explained Andrei Shkoda, Chief Physician at City Clinical Hospital No. 67.

The new department has all the necessary equipment to treat infected patients, including endoscopes, ECG and ultrasound machines, blood transfusion systems, CT, and X-Ray appliances. So, there is no need to move patients to other buildings for examination. The building also has an operating room for emergency surgical care.

'There is a lab in the hospital to test samples for coronavirus,' Sergei Sobyanin added.

The lab's capacity allows conducting up to 500 PCR tests for COVID-19 per day, including those ordered by city clinics and first-aid stations.

Comfortable living conditions have been created for patients:

— 1-bed or 2-bed room with own bathrooms (toilet, shower, washbasin), a modern air conditioning and disinfection system;

— necessary medicines, including antiviral and antibacterial drugs, disinfectants, antiseptics and personal protective equipment;

— well-balanced special meals five times a day: food is delivered and heated on the spot;

— care packages for patients are accepted 05:00 pm till 09:00 pm on weekdays, 11:00 am till 02:00 pm and 05:00 pm till 09:00 pm on weekends and holidays;

— high-speed Wi-Fi.

The new department will employ 34 doctors: general practitioners, cardiologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, surgeons, infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists, as well as 94 nurses. Multi-specialty medical teams have been built to provide comprehensive medical care.

Inpatient care

Moscow administration has introduced a whole system of measures to combat coronavirus.

'We have opened today 9 city laboratories for COVID-19 testing. At the same time, we have allocated, reequipped and adapted seven buildings of Moscow hospitals to treat patients with confirmed and suspected coronavirus,' said Moscow Mayor.

To date, departments have been opened to treat coronavirus patients in seven Moscow hospitals: State Clinical Hospital No.40 (Kommunarka), Infectious Diseases Clinical Hospitals No.1 and No.2, Maxillofacial War Veterans Hospital, Bashlyaeva Children's City Clinical Hospital, Sklifosovsky Research Institute and Vorokhobov City Clinical Hospital No.67 (new perinatal centre's building). The rooms have been repurposed and staff COVID-19 trained in all departments.

At the same time, 10 more buildings of Moscow hospitals are getting ready to treat infected patients. A number of multi-specialty hospitals are also being re-equipped.

'As the threat of coronavirus grows in Moscow, we must make very serious efforts. Today, I announced my decision that Muscovites over 65 and people with chronic diseases should self-isolate. This is a top priority, as we must first take care of them and protect them from especially dangerous infections,' Sergei Sobyanin said.

Salary allowances of RUB 70,000 per month for doctors, RUB 50,000 for paramedical staff, and RUB 30,000 for nurses and other employees have been introduced in repurposed hospitals.

Construction of a new infectious disease hospital in the settlement of Voronovskoye near the village of Golokhvastovo in Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas is to be completed within the shortest time. The new hospital will offer 500 beds, with 250 of them in the intensive care unit. Besides, there will be an admission room, an intensive care unit and a laboratory, children's, operating and maternity units, if needed. The Infection Centre will have cutting-edge medical equipment and supplies.

110 dedicated EMS teams have been created in Moscow to visit people who have come from high-risk countries and their contacts. EMS has opened a dedicated Infection Control Call Centre.

Healthcare facilities' equipment

Moscow's healthcare facilities are fully equipped to treat and effectively combat the spread of COVID-19. Today, there are some 5,000 artificial ventilators in Moscow. In April, there will be 400 more.

Besides, 77 artificial ventilators, 197 thermal imagers, 20 X-Ray machines, 200 mobile room disinfection systems, 3 auxiliary blood circulation devices, and 704 recirculation irradiator have been procured for Moscow hospitals and clinics. This equipment is already installed and ready for use. Some more equipment is on the way.

Comprehensive work has been done to provide hospitals, clinics, first-aid stations with medical supplies and personal protective equipment.

Laboratory diagnostics

In Moscow, nine city PCR laboratories have been opened to do about 10,000 tests for coronavirus per day by the end of this week. They have 36 sets of cutting-edge equipment.

The laboratories will employ 250 qualified specialists — doctors, laboratory technicians and medical engineers. Starting 17 March, employees will have additional two-day COVID-19 training conducted at the Federal Hygiene and Epidemiology Centre of Rospotrebnadzor.

Federal laboratories at the Hygiene and Epidemiology Centre in Grafsky Pereulok and the Anti-Plague Centre in Musorgskaya Street will continue to test for coronavirus. They will also double-check positive tests delivered from Moscow labs.

Private lab centres that have the necessary equipment and permits will soon take tests, too. Funded by state budget, they will have test systems delivered free of charge.

Polyclinics

To combat the spread of COVID-19, clinics' mobile teams have been reinforced. There are now special separated spaces for patients with common cold symptoms and other visitors who have their temperature taken at the entrance to the clinic. According to Rospotrebnadzor's guidelines, premises are regularly disinfected and cleaned.

Polyclinics' personnel now includes residents of medical universities — 750 young COVID-19 trained specialists. The salary of residents working at the clinic will make up RUB 90,000 per month.

Hotline

Since 4 March, a hotline has been available to inform the population and issue sick leaves to self-isolated people: +7 (495) 870-45-09. Call to ask any questions about how to prevent and combat coronavirus. Starting 26 March, the hotline will also accept applications for social assistance from elderly people and citizens with chronic diseases self-isolated at home.

Coronavirus: official information

Source: mos.ru

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