Hospital Municipal Carlos Chagas
Air control and safety flow innovation in a Covid environment
Hospital Municipal Carlos Chagas is a philanthropic hospital in Itabira, Brasil. When the pandemic struck, the hospital mustered its resources in order to transform a conventional intensive care unit into a facility capable of caring for COVID-19 patients.
This was done by installing portable exhaust fans and HEPAS filters in all 20 boxes of the unit, which turned the ICU into a negative pressure facility. The transformation of the ICU was made in partnership with the government, which made a significant monetary investment to provide the necessary equipment. Municipality leaders were involved in approving financial resources since the hospital is a completely public hospital where members of the population receive free healthcare services. The hospital parking lot was also modified to create changing rooms, bathrooms and nursing canopy for the staff, with an exclusive entrance and exit to protect staff.
Because of these initiatives, the hospital leads the state in terms of the prevention of intra-hospital COVID-19 transmission. Its low transmission indicators have also been recognized by the government. The hospital also has the lowest COVID mortality statistics in the region.