CORONAVIRUS: The front line
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE LIVES.
Today everyone on the planet is affected by the coronavirus epidemic. Daily lives are totally disrupted and routines are in turmoil with many currently in quarantine. Forced unemployment, school closures, cancelled shows and limited outings are some of the restrictions that have been imposed.
For some the situation is even worse because they are infected with the virus. Symptoms vary from one person to another. Some it has effected just mildly but for others it is completely disabling. However, the most dangerous factor in the eyes of the medical world and nursing staff is the progression of this disease for people at the most risk like the elderly.
Also, people suffering from cardio-pulmonary disorders, diabetics and those treated for certain chronic diseases are in immediate danger in the event of contamination with Covid-19. Often they have to be hospitalised and end up in intensive care. The percentage of the general population infected is low but in absolute value the figure is very high. Unfortunately the treatment capacity within the hospital is still insufficient.
Laniado Hospital, like all hospitals in Israel, are preparing specifically to deal with the epidemic. It has been equipped with a lot of specialist equipment eg: high-tech devices, pharmaceuticals, protective equipment, and various remote control systems.
The hospital, in accordance with directives from the Ministry of Health, has set up a new service for the exclusive treatment of patients suffering with the virus. Laniado Hospital has set up a triage station at the entrance where a doctor performs an initial examination of all suspected cases there. A biological screening unit capable of holding two people in a bed and twenty people standing has been mounted outside the hospital. This special coronavirus service can treat up to thirty-six patients, some of whom are on respiratory support, is also available. The hospital has deployed a large 160sqm tent, two containers for storing medical equipment for up to four months, and the hospital must finally, by order of the Ministry of Health, quickly open an additional department to deal with the current sharp spread of the epidemic.
All this has come at a price. Laniado Hospital has so far spent over 1 million dollars which basically covers a population of over 500,000.
Despite all these efforts, 30 ventilators and 30 monitors still need to be purchased. The ventilators help to assist the patient's breathing and the monitor makes it possible to track vital signs. Each ventilator costs 18 thousand dollars and each monitors 6 thousand dollars. This totals 720 thousand dollars of urgent funding needed.
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