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Interdiscip Neurosurg ; 22: 100849, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-680149


AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study is to present our suggestions for organization, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, work flow of the operating theater, and the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and co-existing neurological disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present the case of a 70-year-old male who was transferred to our Department because of subarachnoid hemorrhage with ruptured right middle cerebral artery aneurysm and SARS CoV-2 infection. The emergency clipping of the aneurysm and hematoma evacuation was performed. According to the therapeutic committee guidelines, chloroquine was started for COVID-19 treatment. RESULTS: Postoperatively, the patient is in good condition, with the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score of 15, with mild, left hemiparesis, 4+/5 points on the Lovett scale, without symptoms of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). No one from the stuff was infected during the treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Managing patients with infectious diseases such as COVID-19 presents many challenges and risks for healthcare personnel. Our experience suggests that by following strict safety protocols of PPE use, donning and doffing, and reducing operation time, the surgery may be safe for both the healthcare personnel and the patient.

Ann Agric Environ Med ; 27(2): 201-206, 2020 Jun 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-614681


INTRODUCTION: The article describes the process of converting a large multi-specialized hospital into one dedicated to COVID-19 patients, and present established standards of work organization in all the wards and training system of the medical and supporting staff. The several weeks pandemic of the COVID-19 disease has forced the healthcare systems of numerous countries to adjust their resources to the care of the growing number of COVID-19 patients. Managers were presented with the challenge of protecting the healthcare workers from transmission of the disease within medical institutions, and issues concerning the physical and psychological depletion of personnel. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Based on analyses of the structure and work processes in Central Clinical Hospital (CCH) reconstructive strategic plan was developed. It included: division of existing wards into observation and isolation wards; installing locks; weekly plan for supplying personal protection equipment (PPE); designating new access to the hospital and communication routes; training of medical and supporting staff. The plan was implemented from the first days of conversion of the hospital. RESULTS: The wards of the CCH were converted for observation and isolation, and each one was fitted with sanitary locks. There was a big improvement in the supply of PPE for the medical staff. Separation of the 'dirty' and 'clean' parts of the CCH were attained, and widespread intensive training not only protected personnel against infections, but also diminished unrest which was discernable at the beginning of conversion. CONCLUSIONS: The transformation efforts will ultimately be appraised at the end of the epidemic, but the data looks encouraging. Two weeks after conversion, the testing of hospital Staff was started and by the end of April, 459 tests were had been conducted, of which only 11 were positive.

Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Hospital Administration , Hospitals, Special/organization & administration , Infection Control/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , COVID-19 , Health Personnel , Humans , Pandemics , Personal Protective Equipment , Poland , SARS-CoV-2