Country: United Arab Emirates
Rashid Hospital Covid-19 Challenge Team
In January 2020, Rashid Hospital became the first facility in the UAE and the GCC to admit and manage COVID-19 patients. To deal with the projected influx of infected patients, Rashid Hospital immediately rolled out infection control measures and rapidly increased its bed capacity.
Within weeks, the hospital has increased bed availability in its emergency department from 68 beds to 158 beds. It also opened 131 new intensive care beds for COVID-19 patients and increased the number of beds equipped with a negative pressure system from just 22 beds to 402 beds. The hospital also increased the number of its staff, hiring 14 new doctors and 320 new nurses. Various medical equipment were also purchased, the hospital added 786 infusion pumps and 131 ventilators and heart monitors.
To improve treatment outcomes, the hospital used progressive oxygen therapy to reduce the need for ventilators. It also established a plasma donation clinic for recovered patients. It also opened the country’s first specialized COVID-19 patients, which is dedicated to follow-up on recovering patients.