Profiling the hospital as a recipe for an effective fight against a pandemic
SPZOZ Człuchów used an inventive hospital profiling method to separate patients with suspected COVID-19 from other patients. Under this system, the hospital converted an entire wing and dedicated it to the treatment of COVID-positive patients. All patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms are treated in a different wing from patients who seek treatment for other illnesses, resulting in minimized contact and reduced transmission.
At the same time, the hospital expanded its services to care for mechanically ventilated patients. It also launched palliative activities and hospice care, which are activities the hospital had not previously engaged in. It also expanded its outpatient care to cover new clinics, such as cardiology, gastroenterology, and dermatology, among others.
When the virus surged again in September, SPZOZ Człuchów further expanded its bed capacity for COVID-positive patients. The hospital adapted ward rooms to increase the number of isolation beds, and the unused anesthesiologists’ duty rooms were converted to social rooms for staff who are caring for COVID-positive patients. As a result of its hospital profiling method, the district served by SPZOZ recorded the lowest number of infections in Poland’s Pomerania Province.