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Aga Khan University Hospital conducts Covid-19 mass patients influx drill to test system capability

<p><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><img src="/nairobi/PublishingImages/COVID%2019%20drill%202%20body.jpg" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/> </span></p><p><strong style="font-family: helvetica;"><em>Clinical staff including a doctor and nurse attend to a
COVID-19 mock patient at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi during a drill
conducted to test the hospital’s preparedness to respond to COVID-19 mass patient
influx.</em></strong></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, AKUH,N, today
conducted a COVID-19 mass patient influx drill to test its response plan. The
drill involved the simulation of care for up to 30 COVID-19 patients arriving
within a span of two hours, with 6 of them requiring care at the intensive care
unit (ICU).</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Key aspects of the drill included the isolation of the
patients at the Accident and Emergency, administering of a COVID-19 test, use
of portable x-ray machines to avoid cross contamination transfer to the
isolation ward and to the ICU. Others aspects included proper donning and
doffing of PPE, decontamination of the patient care areas, activation of the
Hospital&#39;s command structure among others. All these, while ensuring proper
precautions are taken by staff for their protection of both COVID19, non -
Covid patients at the Hospital and continuation of care for other patients with
emergency and urgent cases.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">AKUH is fully-operational and is open to all patients who do
need care. The drill is part of AKUH,N&#39; response plan that is anchored on
providing quality care to all patients including COVID-19 while ensuring safety
of all patients and staff of the Hospital.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">As part of measures to enhance the capacity of dealing with
a surge of COVID-19 patients, AKUH,N has finalised the setting up of a 100-bed
field hospital. 40 beds have been set up and the other 60 are in progress. The
Hospital has also adopted an innovation that makes it possible to ventilate two
patients with one mechanical ventilator, in a worst-case scenario, where the
number of patients requiring mechanical ventilation exceeds the number of
available ventilators. This is the first time this innovation is being utilised
in sub-Saharan Africa. The Hospital has also designed an equipment for PPE
disinfection by using ultraviolent lights.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Other key elements of the plan include:</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Screening of all persons coming to hospital and ensuring that anyone identified to be at risk of COVID -19 is attended to at a dedicated COVID-19 section.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Setting aside facilities, including an isolation ward, to take care of COVID-19 patients, separate from other patient care areas.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Constant training of staff to ensure they are up-to-date with global standards (WHO, CDC etc) on caring for COVID-19 patients and the proper use of personal protective equipment.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Training of the Hospital environmental and transporter services staff on protecting themselves, other staff and non-COVID-19 patients.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">24-hour decontamination and sterilisation of spaces, surfaces and equipment at the Hospital.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">In response to the Government&#39;s directive on wearing masks in public areas, patients and visitors coming to the Hospital should wear masks. AKUH has ordered 9,000 masks for all our staff for their protection.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">AKUH has also instituted social distancing measures including increasing the capacity of waiting areas and limiting the number of visitors coming to the Hospital.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">To serve patients who are unable to come to the Hospital, we have set up a free home delivery service for medications as well as a mobile laboratory for collection of samples at home.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">To ensure continuity of care for patients who are unable to come to the Hospital, we have introduced telemedicine services where our consultants provide consultation via phone and zoom.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">The Hospital&#39;s COVID-19 Response Taskforce is meeting daily to review our response plan and adapt to emerging needs.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Setting up a dedicated hotline (+254 0709931700) manned 24 hours a day by medical professionals to respond to public enquiries on COVID-19.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Creating a webpage that hosts COVID-19 resources for access by the public.

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