Thu, 02 July 2020
Under orders from the Director of the Royal Medical Services, Deputy Chairman of the National Medical Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19), Major General Professor Sh. Khalid bin Ali Al-Khalifa, and in line with the directives issued by the General Command of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF), the BDF Hospital continues to enact strong precautionary measures to protect the health of patients and medical staff by securing the latest isolation equipment, including portable isolation chambers designed to isolate and treat suspected active COVID-19 cases.
The BDF emergency department screens all patients by visual triage, identifying and quickly isolating suspected COVID-19 cases within the isolation chamber, which includes a safety measure put in place to ensure the safety of other patients and allows appropriate treatment to be provided by the medical staff.
The state-of-the-art portable isolation chambers are equipped with medical technology available in standard isolation rooms, including negative pressure, UV light HEPA Filter that kills bacteria and viruses, and a fully equipped ICU bed.
The 3x3 metre room conducts a minimum of 48 air changes per hour, well exceeding international standards.
The portable chambers are designed to minimise direct contact with contagious patients, providing healthcare workers the ability to dispose of all waste within the chamber safely and access all medical equipment with limited interaction.
Additionally, the BDF Military Hospital is the first in the Kingdom to acquire several isolation transport stretchers, a small-sized moveable isolation device used to safely isolate and transport infected patients.
The chamber has its own negative pressure filtration and several glove portals which allow for safe access to the patients.
It is worth noting that the BDF Military Hospital has always taken precautions from before the announcement of the Kingdom’s first case, in cooperation with the National Medical Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The latest equipment has been used to carry out laboratory tests, and special rooms equipped with the latest modern technologies to isolate suspected cases have been provided.
The BDF Military Hospital continues to support ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus and to maintain the health and safety of all. The BDF Military Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the Kingdom of Bahrain to install such equipment, with other hospitals to follow.
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