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VOLUME 24 , ISSUE 6 ( June, 2020 ) > List of Articles

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Preparedness of Acute Care Facility and a Hospital for COVID-19 Pandemic: What We Did!

Sameer Jog, Dhananjay Kelkar, Madhav Bhat, Sampada Patwardhan, Vishnudas S Telbhare, Gouri Ranade, Vaibhavi Upadhye, Parikshit S Prayag, Sukrut Purandare, Rajesh Bhavsar

Citation Information : Jog S, Kelkar D, Bhat M, Patwardhan S, Telbhare VS, Ranade G, Upadhye V, Prayag PS, Purandare S, Bhavsar R. Preparedness of Acute Care Facility and a Hospital for COVID-19 Pandemic: What We Did!. Indian J Crit Care Med 2020; 24 (6):385-392.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23416

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-07-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Background and aim: India is facing the pandemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) just like the whole world. The private sector is the backbone of a healthcare facility in India. Presently, only a few major hospitals in the country are actively dealing with the COVID-19 patients while others are facing troubles due to lack of manpower, management, and required experience to face the pandemic. Despite the lockdown, the cases are ever increasing and each and every hospital in the country should be prepared to face this pandemic the world has never seen before. As one of the largest multispecialty hospitals and a designated COVID center, we have developed and adopted some strategies for better preparedness to face the surge of this pandemic. We would like to share our experience and hope that the strategies laid down and adopted by us will help many other acute care facilities in many parts of India. Materials and methods: Different strategies are adopted to deal with the crisis situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our adopted strategies were directed to mitigate the challenges of administration, hospital space organization, management of staff and supplies, maintenance of standard of care, and specific COVID care and ethics during this pandemic. Results: Based on strategies adopted by us, we feel more confident and prepared to deal with COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusion: Our approach for preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic may not be the best one but we believe that the basic managerial principles we adopted will guide many other institutions to find their path in tackling the pandemic in the best possible way.


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