ICU Preparedness during COVID-19usama
As the nation’s capital reiterates its decision of reserving 80% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for COVID-19 patients in private hospitals due to the surge in cases, a sense of caution flows across the nation’s healthcare community, to prepare for the challenges associated with rapid diagnosis, isolation, clinical management and infection prevention of the virus.
Not only will a further surge in cases call for a streamlining of the process workflows, but it will also require ICU practitioners, hospital administrators, governments, and policy makers to prepare for increase in critical care bed capacities and supplies.
Only 1, in every 5 people who are infected with COVID-19, develops difficulty in breathing and requires critical care. However, ventilator management, prevention of further transmission, staff training & education and safeguarding oneself remain major challenges inside an intensive care unit.
Processes for quick and rapid identification and isolation of COVID-19 patients must be put in place. Patients confirmed or suspected of carrying the virus should be rapidly moved to ICU beds where a trained, equipped and capable team of medical professionals must be ready at their immediate service.