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Delhi govt hospital gets its first rapid response centre for COVID

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday inaugurated Rapid Response Centre (RRC), the first of its kind Covid-19 facility set up at government-run Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH).

The minister informed that the facility is well equipped with ICUs and ventilators to give immediate treatment for emergency Covid-19 cases without waiting for admission.

“This first of its kind Covid-19 Rapid Response Centre’ set up by the Delhi Government will help in saving precious lives by reducing the time between getting out of ambulances and admission of the patient with a 24×7 rapid response team. This centre will ensure the immediate treatment to patients upon arrival without waiting for admission and the patients will be shifted later on to the concerned wards depending on their condition,” Jain said.

Meanwhile, he also urged the people to not let down their guards since the infection rate has come drastically down in the national capital. The minister appealed to all to remain cautious and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

“We must learn from what is happening in the US and UK right now, the cases have surged suddenly thus we must not drop our guard even when the cases have come down and we must learn from our experience that any negligence can lead to disaster,” he warned.

The RRC has come upon the holding area of the hospital where Covid-19 patients were kept before admitting to designated wards.

Dr BL Sherwal, Director, RGSSH, while speaking to UNI, said that RRC was need of the hour and could save more lives in case of a similar surge as devastating as the second wave of Covid-19 hits.

“Holding area became one of the most critical areas for initial management of Covid-19 patient in the previous wave. The majority of the patients arrived there in a critical or severe category and had to be kept till bed became available. With RRC, we will be able to start treatment of such patients right after they arrive at our facility,” he added.

According to the hospital, 30 bedded facility is fully equipped with a central oxygen supply.

“It has been divided into 7 beds with triage area and 23 beds of ICU unit. All beds have critical care equipment like ventilators, BiPAP machines, HFNC and crash carts. A team consisting of critical care consultants, residents, nursing staff, nursing orderlies and technicians will man the centre 24×7,” Dr Sherwal informed.

“Patient will be provided complete critical care till bed availability is ensured in Covid ICU or Covid ward,” he added.
“Under the guidance of CM @ArvindKejriwal to combat the next Covid wave, Delhi government has made a Rapid Response Center at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital. This will be manned with a Rapid Response Team which will work 24×7 and will help in better management of covid patients,” Jain tweeted soon after the event.

An official at the 650-bed hospital, which played a critical role in providing Covid care during the first two waves of the pandemic, said, “We need to be prepared for a similar surge (in the future).”

For better management of patients and for matching of bed turnover to the number of patients arriving in real-time, the rapid response centre is the need of the hour, the senior official of the hospital said.

The rapid response centre has been divided into two areas — a seven-bed triage area and a 23-bed ICU. All beds have multipara monitors with critical care equipment like ventilators, BIPAP machines, HFNC and crash carts, the official said.

It is fully equipped with centralised oxygen supply and suction is available for each bed. A rapid response team, comprising critical care consultants, resident doctors, nursing staff and orderlies and technicians will man the centre.

Patients will be provided complete critical care at the centre till bed availability is ensured in a COVID-19 ward or a Covid ICU ward, the official said.

Jain on Tuesday said medical infrastructure is being ramped up and 37,000 beds dedicated for COVID-19 patients are being set up to tackle the anticipated third wave of the pandemic in the national capital.

During the event on Wednesday, he urged people to remain cautious and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.

“We must learn from what is happening in the US and the UK right now, where the cases have surged suddenly, so, we must not drop our guard even when the cases have come down in Delhi. We must learn from our experience that any negligence can lead to a disaster, ” Jain said.

The national capital had reeled under a brutal second wave of the pandemic, which claimed a massive number of lives daily with the issue of shortage in oxygen supply at various hospitals adding to the woes.

Delhi has so far reported over 14.3 lakh cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic last year while more than 25,000 people have died due to the disease. PTI