Three more ICU centers in HCMC operate

Three Covid-19 Intensive Care Centers (ICUs) in Ho Chi Minh City, with a capacity of 1,500 beds, are in charge of three hospitals including Viet Duc, Bach Mai and Hue Central, operating from August 7.

The ICU center is in charge of Bach Mai Hospital located at Field Hospital No. 16 (District 7). The ICU Center of Hue Central Hospital is located at Field Hospital No. 14 (Tan Phu District). The ICU Center of Viet Duc Hospital is located at Field Hospital No. 13 (Binh Chanh District). Each center has 500 beds.

This is 3 in 5 ICU . centers Critically ill patients in Ho Chi Minh City, established by the Ministry of Health and the city, operated by a large central hospital, the biggest goal is to reduce the number of deaths. These centers are on the 5th floor, the highest floor of the 5-storey tower that Ho Chi Minh City is deploying.

In addition to the three ICU centers, these three field hospitals also set up beds for mild and moderate patients, which are in charge of hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City. Specifically, the field hospital No. 13 has 2,000 beds managed by the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. The field hospital No. 14 has 2,000 beds operated by Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital. Hospital No. 16 has 2,000 beds and is in charge of Hung Vuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Leaders of the Ministry of Health, Bach Mai Hospital and leaders of Ho Chi Minh City check the room in the Resuscitation Center at field hospital No. 16, District 7. Photo: Quynh Tran.

At the inauguration ceremony on the afternoon of August 7, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said that the city is going through an unprecedented difficult period due to the impact of the 4th wave of Covid-19. The political system, the frontline forces and the entire city people, with the support of the central government and localities across the country, fought the epidemic day and night.

According to Mr. Phong, with the spirit of “fighting the epidemic like fighting the enemy”, protecting people’s health is first and foremost, since the end of June, the city has proactively established a field hospital to treat Covid-19. 1. Up to now, there have been 15 field hospitals for treatment and 42 hospitals and facilities set up in the city.

In order to put the field hospitals No. 13, 14 and 16 with active resuscitation centers into operation, the city actively built within 20 days; cooperated with the Ministry of Health to establish 4 intensive care centers for Covid-19 patients in 7 days.

Mr. Phong emphasized that the operation of field hospitals, active resuscitation centers with professional medical staff and modern equipment contributes to improving the treatment efficiency for F0 in the locality. table, as well as promote the effectiveness of hospitals in the city’s treatment system.

At the ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Truong Son, Head of the Special Standing Department of the Ministry of Health in Ho Chi Minh City, thanked and appreciated the forces who were not afraid of difficulties and hardships to work together to prevent Preventing and ending the epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City in particular and in 19 provinces and cities in the southern region in general.

According to Mr. Son, on the basis of the framework of Bach Mai, Viet Duc, Hue Central Hospitals and the coordination of forces from Ho Chi Minh City, the provinces and cities will unite, agree and share professional activities. , training against infection, using and operating modern equipment such as ventilators, dialysis machines, ECMO systems…, creating the best conditions for Ho Chi Minh City to fight Covid-19.

Professor Nguyen Quang Tuan, Director of Bach Mai Hospital, likened the Covid-19 intensive care centers to be formed “like a miracle”, because they were completed in a short time.

Medical staff check machines for patients at the 500-bed Covid-19 Resuscitation Center at Field Hospital No. 16 (District 7) before the operation date, August 7, 2021.  Photo: Quynh Tran.

Medical staff check machinery for patients at the 500-bed Covid-19 Resuscitation Center at Field Hospital No. 16 (District 7) before the operation date, August 7. Photo: Quynh Tran.

Before that, the resuscitation center Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital in charge is located on the 5th floor of City International Hospital, Binh Tan, operating from the evening of August 3 after 36 hours of setting up. Associate Professor Nguyen Hoang Bac, Director of Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital has mobilized human resources, 50 ventilators, many modern equipment and medicines from the hospital to the center.

Initially, the hospital put into operation 50-70 beds and is ready to gradually increase the total number of beds to 250. Currently, the hospital has received more than 50 severe Covid-19 patients transferred from lower levels.

Ho Chi Minh City Covid-19 Resuscitation Center operated by the Hospital Cho Ray, was formed from the rapid transformation of functions from the 2nd Oncology Hospital, operating on July 13 until now. To date, more than 200 F0 have recovered well, changed to a milder state, and been sent to hospitals of lower treatment floors.

This place is treating more than 520 F0. The doctors here continue to do their best to receive and treat and will increase the number of beds in the coming days, gradually approaching the goal of establishing a 1,000-bed resuscitation hospital.

Doctor, Doctor Nguyen Tri Thuc, Director of Cho Ray Hospital, assessed that the number of Covid-19 patients in Ho Chi Minh City in recent days is still increasing, with a prediction that about 5-7% of F0 will turn severe and critical. . Therefore, the urgent establishment of intensive care centers by the Ministry of Health by leading hospitals with a team of experts, medical professionals, doctors, technicians, medical staff and equipment and supplies. modern to serve the treatment of seriously ill patients is practical and timely.

Le Phuong – Le Cam