La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha dedicado este primer año de celebración del Día Mundial de la Seguridad del Paciente a promover la necesidad de contar con personal y centros sanitarios seguros como principal vía para una asistencia segura y de calidad en todo el mundo. Hospital Clínica Benidorm se une a la…
Dr. Fernando Sánchez Ruano, Medical Director of the Hospital Clínica Benidorm, explains how the HCB is operating after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will deal with new peaks or outbreaks.
“Safety and Quality at the HCB comes first, with or without Pandemic. But the Covid-19 has forced us to optimize our organization and to be more cautious. Due to our Preventive Healthcare Service we have been able to develop new protocols, acquire new materials and tools to improve infection prevention in order to keep our users and workers safe. Our facilities and staff are ready to face new waves, and at the same ready to take on the rest of the healthcare activities under conditions of maximum safety,” explains Dr. Fernando Sánchez Ruano.
How are the health care activities being carried out today in the HCB centres?
Nowadays the care activity at the Hospital Clinica Benidorm, both in the hospital and in its external medical and diagnostic centres, has returned to some degree of normality. This means that the centre has taken new measures to avoid the spread of infection between patients and staff, but continues offering all medical services with special attention – with protocols created explicitly for this purpose – to critical areas, operating theatres and to at-risk patients.
The generalised health collapse that occurred in the country during the first epidemic outbreak, the confinement and subsequent de-escalation has greatly diminished care activity and prevented the treatment of many patients with severe pathologies, which in many cases has led to a worsening of their prognosis.
“We must make sure that this does not reoccur during new peaks or outbreaks. It is for this purpose that new protocols and specific Health and Safety measures have been established. Hcb’s main aim is to continue providing medical assistance to anyone in need in a totally safe environment. And, in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19, to be able to assist all positive or possible cases in a safe environment,” said HCB’s Medical Director.
What special Health and Safety measures have been implemented at the HCB after the pandemic?
For this purpose, Covid and non-Covid spaces have been set up, as well as isolation measures, individual protection and systematic disinfection through innovative techniques such as the “UV Mobile” disinfection Sanuvox ASEPT.2X, which uses primary and secondary cableless units without cables that have the ability to sterilize a conventional room or regular space in less than 10 minutes.
The Hospital Clínica Benidorm has also prepared for a new wave of COVID-19, so that the centre’s care activity can continue while responding to cases related to the pandemic, establishing a rapid triage and specific care areas to prevent infection between patients, users and staff.
What to do when Covid-19 symptoms appear?
Patients with Covid-19 symptoms should follow the safety measures correctly. First, wear a face mask correctly, perform appropriate hand higiene, avoid close contact with others and come to the Emergency Room to have a testing of the symptoms.
You should come to the emergency room, preferably unescorted, keeping all the safety measures, keeping the safety distance, wearing the mask correctly and performing hand hygiene.
After a rapid triage and a medical examination, you will be requested to either go home and keep isolation measures, coming back after 14 days for a reevaluation once the symptoms have disappeared; or, if your health requires it, you may be hospitalized.
In case of hospitalization, all Covid-19 cases will be placed in a separate and specific area of the hospital that guarantees isolation and also, safety for other patients and professionals.
Una de las mejoras en cuanto a Higiene y Seguridad que Hospital Clínica Benidorm ha implementado a través de sus Servicios de Medicina Preventiva, Limpieza y Calidad, es la desinfección de las instalaciones con tecnología de luz ultravioleta UVC, que acaba con cualquier microorganismo de forma segura, rápida y eficaz. La energía germicida UVC penetra…