Korea Workers’ Compensation and Welfare Services Daegu Hospital
Country: South Korea
Sixty-six containers built for the employees outside of the hospital to open 200 beds for COVID-19 patients
In mid-February, the number of COVID-19 patients rapidly increased due to religious gatherings in Daegu-City. Soon after, Daegu Hospital was designated as a COVID-19 hub hospital and was required to open 200 beds for COVID-19 patients as soon as possible. This posed a challenge for the hospital, as it is basically a rehabilitation facility with just four wards and huge gyms without any negative pressure rooms.
To address this, the hospital decided to install containers for all of the staff including medical and administration teams outside the building. In total, 66 various-sized containers were set up around the hospital. The hospital built two separate zones; one area served as the medical zone while the other served as a supporting zone. The staffs of the two zones were functionally separated. The goal was to treat the patients effectively and successfully while making a safe environment for our staff without being infected by the virus. As a result of this effort, none of the hospital’s staff were infected during the period, and most of the 358 patients were successfully treated in our hospital except for 18 patients who were transferred to a higher-level hospital for appropriate care.