Instituto S. João de Deus
Task Force Prevention and Intervention in the context of a pandemic COVID-19: AGIR-TT (Evaluate Manage Isolate Reassess – Test Test)
Instituto S. João de Deus provides mental health services to 450 patients in its facility in Lisboa. Before the first COVID-19 case in Portugal was reported, the institution proactively created a Crisis Team to prepare for the pandemic. The team created a Contingency Plan (CP) aimed to prevent contagion and reduce the risk of transmission. The CP is permanently updated, in accordance with the norms of the General Directorate of Health.
The institution created its COVID unit in February. It also built a unit for prophylactic quarantines, and physically adapted its units to guarantee the implementation of all protection and safety measures. A laboratory was also set up, which facilitated mass testing in the community. Employees were also provided with accommodation space which allowed them to avoid leaving the institution and minimized the risk of contagion.
The crisis created an opportunity for the institution to increase its efficiency, boost the quality of care, and optimize its resources through the restructuring of circuits and procedures. As a result, it was able to minimize transmission among its patients and employees. Among its 450 patients and 240 employees, the hospital only recorded seven infections, and there were no transmission chains outside each cluster.