Consorci Hospitalari de Vic
Design and organization of a health care facility during the pandemia Covid 19
At the peak of the pandemic, Consorci Hospitalari de Vic (CHV) had to increase the total number of beds available until it had exhausted its maximum capacity. As the number of admissions tripled, the hospital rolled out a contingency plan, in which it built a new facility with patient rooms outside the main facility. The hospital worked with the Vic City Council, the Osona Regional Council, the security forces, Cat Salut, CHV, and Doctors Without Borders to open a center with sufficient beds to absorb the number of foreseeable admissions.
A sports hall located 1.4 km from the hospital was identified as the adequate site since it has the essential safety measures and allowed the installation of hot and cold sanitary water. A total of ten modules with 16 beds each that could accommodate 160 patients were created. To operate the pavilion, there was a support team, a care team and a coordination team. Circuits were designed to maintain all the necessary services under the advice of the infection prevention and control nurses.
All healthcare workers were mobilized. Recently retired doctors managed the “clean” part of the pavilion, where there was no direct contact with patients. Other areas were staffed by medical professionals of different specialties, last-year medical students and recently graduated doctors who worked under the supervision of an expert pulmonologist. The doctors were supported by a team of primary care nurses, who were coordinated by an expert nurse from the CHV.