National Kidney and Transplant Institute
NKTI-harnessing The Art And Science Of Engineering: Empowering Logistical Support To Fight The COVID-19
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) is a tertiary medical center specializing in renal health in the Philippines. When the pandemic broke out, NKTI’s management knew that it had to protect its immunocompromised patients, many of whom are at higher risk of catching the virus.
To do this, the hospital’s engineering and maintenance staff worked 24/7 in setting up temporary COVID facilities outside the hospital. Within a month, a 5,000-sqm COVID field hospital was in full operation. The field hospital was composed of 30 tents that served different functions, such as a triage area, a dialysis center, patient wards, isolation rooms, and even a fully-equipped operating room. Each tent was equipped with a toilet and bath, waiting and washing areas, air-conditioning, and a paging system for the comfort of both patients and healthcare workers.
Almost 75% of the NKTI’s operations were transferred and done at the COVID field hospital. The facility treated COVID-positive hemodialysis patients, and could accommodate up to 80 patients under monitoring. Having a COVID Field outside the building gave NKTI personnel an opportunity to reexamine its existing patients areas and implement necessary renovations. For instance, patient rooms inside the main building were renovated and equipped with new ventilation systems, while patient wards were provided with donning and doffing areas for healthcare workers and visitors. After the renovation of NKTI buildings, the COVID field was slowly vacated and COVID patients were transferred to the main building.