Corona Hospital: Exhibition hall becomes Covid 19 Clinic

Corona Hospital: Exhibition hall becomes Covid 19 Clinic

Berlin has begun converting a hall on the exhibition grounds to provide care for more coronavirus patients. The intention is to create an intermediate model between hospital and field hospital, said health senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) on April 1, 2020, during a site inspection with project manager Albrecht Broemme.

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    01.04.2020, Berlin: This temporary clinic in Hall 26 of Messe Berlin is intended to supplement the city's hospitals in the event of an emergency and possible overloading.
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    01.04.2020, Berlin: This temporary clinic in Hall 26 of Messe Berlin is intended to supplement the city's hospitals in the event of an emergency and possible overloading.
  • Corona Hospital© dpa
    01.04.2020, Berlin: Albrecht Broemme
  • Corona Hospital© dpa
    01.04.2020, Berlin: This temporary clinic in Hall 26 of Messe Berlin is intended to supplement the city's hospitals in the event of an emergency and possible overloading.
  • Corona-Krankenhaus (2)© dpa
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  • Corona-Krankenhaus (1)© dpa
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    Dilek Kalayci (SPD)
Broemme is the former head of the Technisches Hilfswerks (THW). Kalayci added that the hospital was intended as a reserve hospital when other clinics could no longer accept patients.

There is no fixed date for the opening

"It should be in April," he said. The president of the medical association, Günther Jonitz, added that in the end the hall might not even be needed. "But it is important that we do it." It is sponsored by the state-owned hospital group Vivantes.

Berlin wants to be prepared if the pandemic continues

Of the more than 2,700 infections detected in the capital so far, only a small number are still being treated in hospitals. As of Tuesday evening, 380 patients are being treated there, 92 of them in intensive care units. However, if the virus also spreads to more old people's and nursing homes, for example, these numbers could rise rapidly.

Crisis is a stress test for the health system

The head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, has been warning for weeks about an overload of intensive care capacities in hospitals. With a large number of infected persons within a short period of time, even the actually small percentage of seriously ill persons could become a stress test for the health system.

Ventilation equipment is provided for 100 beds

In a first step, 500 beds will be created in the exhibition hall, Broemme announced. At the moment there is not much to see of that - the hall is largely empty. The supply units will be separated by prefabricated walls, and a new floor will also be laid, Broemme announced. In about ten days the hall will look like a clinic inside. Every bed will have an oxygen supply. Respirators are also planned for 100 beds - if they can be delivered. There will also be a CT machine including radiation protection.

Physicians in private practice, young professionals, retirees - everyone wants to help

550 doctors had signed up for the centre, Jonitz said. Among them were first-time employees, retirees, female doctors on parental leave, doctors on advanced training and also many registered doctors who wanted to fill in temporarily. At the moment, 100 doctors are expected to be needed for 500 patients in shift work. The search might be more difficult with the 500 nurses that are initially needed. Jonitz hopes for retirees here as well.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 1. April 2020 17:17 Uhr

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