More than 2,300 F0 severe, critical

Ho Chi Minh City2,323 Severe F0 on mechanical ventilation, 18 cases of ECMO intervention, out of a total of 33,646 patients being treated as of August 20, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The number of severe and critical F0 today increased by 23 cases compared to yesterday, CDC data. The day before, this number increased by nearly 50. The Ministry of Health is working with Ho Chi Minh City to establish many resuscitation areas, continuously increasing the capacity of beds for treating serious patients. The city government is making efforts to mobilize many measures to reduce severe F0 and death.

Covid-19 Intensive Care Center (ICU) Bach Mai Hospital in charge, located at Field Hospital 16, District 7, is treating nearly 200 patients. This is one of the 5 last-line ICU centers deployed by the Ministry of Health and Ho Chi Minh City, for severe and critical F0, in charge of large central hospitals.

Doctor, Doctor Do Ngoc Son, Deputy Director of the Center, said that after nearly half a month of operation, some patients have recovered, turning from severe to mild. On the night of August 19 and August 20, the center continued to receive more serious patients for treatment. All wards have alarms and activities are connected to the control center through the camera system. Any changes of the patient are immediately grasped to have a reasonable treatment direction.

About 400 doctors from Bach Mai Hospital came here to participate in the treatment. Many modern equipment from Hanoi was also transported and installed to serve patients who are in need of more dialysis machines. A number of volunteers from different religions have also come to support and help doctors in the process of caring for and treating patients.

Bach Mai Hospital is being assigned by the Ministry of Health to help medical facilities in District 7, District 8, and two districts of Nha Be and Can Gio.

The emergency room for serious patients of the Covid-19 Resuscitation Center is in charge of Bach Mai Hospital, located at Field Hospital No. 16. Photo: Ha Van Dao.

Intensive Resuscitation Center Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital, located at City International Hospital, is increasing its capacity from more than 50 beds to 170 beds this week. This place is assigned a scale of 250 hospital beds. The remaining 80 beds will also be completed quickly, according to Associate Professor Le Minh Khoi (Deputy Director of the Center).

After more than half a month of operation, some very critical patients here gradually changed slightly. Many cases of F0 high-flow oxygen (HFNC) have recovered. “There are patients who were close to death, but miraculously won their lives, especially pregnant women,” said Associate Professor Khoi.

It is expected that when the number of beds at the center increases, this place will receive more F0 pregnant women. In case of caesarean section, the child will be taken by a separate channel to a separate floor at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for surgery. After the operation, mild patients will be monitored and treated there, more severe patients will be transferred to the ICU Center.

After many days of hard work at the bedside of serious patients, Dr. Tran Nguyen Thanh Phuong confided: “This war is not just the beginning. We have experienced hardships and difficult journeys, so we always put our hearts and minds to our hearts. The spirit of the whole team is in a state of facing the most difficult situation to overcome.”

This place is deploying the application Information technology connects patients with family members at certain time frames, helping patients to warm their hearts. At a time when relatives gather like 7-8pm, doctors will use tablets in the ward to connect with patients’ relatives via video calls. Doctors expect that even though seriously ill patients can’t talk, seeing their loved ones will be strengthened and motivated to fight the disease.

In addition to the last-line ICU centers to increase treatment capacity, field hospitals are also rushing to increase the number of oxygen beds and machines to treat critically ill patients.

Dr. Ly Quoc Cong, Head of Clinical Department, Field Hospital No. 3 reported 66 cases of requiring oxygen, of which 10 required high-flow oxygen (HFNC). The hospital converted from Binh Khanh resettlement area in Thu Duc city, operated in early July, with a scale of more than 2,500 beds.

The initial plan was assigned, the hospital only accepted patients with mild symptoms. However, to reduce pressure on the upper level, the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City has allowed this hospital to treat patients with severe changes.

According to Dr. Cong, the emergency and resuscitation room was initially estimated to have only about 25 beds. But stemming from the urgent needs of patients as well as the actual situation, the hospital has been gradually increased the number of oxygen beds to about 70-100 beds.

“Covid-19 disease is characterized by rapid changes, the need for oxygen and ventilators needs to be urgently met, so the amount of oxygen is always fully prepared,” said Dr. The doctors here provide daily treatment with psychological encouragement, trying to ensure nutrition for the patient. Each clinic has an online chat group to connect between patients and doctors. By the end of August 19, the hospital had cured and discharged a total of about 4,000 people.

Oxygen room of field hospital No. 3. Photo: Ha Van Dao.

Oxygen Room No. 3 Field Hospital. Photo: Ha Van Dao.

From April 27 to this morning, more than 166,000 Covid-19 cases in Ho Chi Minh City were announced by the Ministry of Health. Among the patients being treated today, there are nearly 2,000 children under the age of 16. More than 83,000 people have been discharged from hospital since the beginning of the year. More than 19,000 F0 are isolated at home from the beginning and more than 21,000 F0 after discharge are monitored at home. On August 19, the city recorded 307 deaths.

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