NEW DELHI :
To battle the increasing cases of coronavirus in Delhi, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has decided to convert its Apex Trauma Centre complex into a dedicated coronavirus hospital.
The facility currently provides treatment mostly to victims of road accidents. Preparations are underway to convert the facility into COVID-19, adding that initially, it will have around 260 beds.
Dr DK Sharma, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS told ANI: "Apex Trauma Centre was designed mostly victims of road traffic accidents. However, these days, trauma cases have also come down. We are converting the entire trauma centre into a dedicated hospital for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The capacity of beds can be enhanced by at least 200. The trauma centre's physical infrastructure is ready,"
In the meantime, trauma centre emergency (casualty) is being shifted to the main AIIMS emergency unit. Most of the admitted patients from the trauma centre have already been shifted to the main AIIMS building.
The Trauma Centre currently has 242 beds and 18 more are being added to it.
Of the total number of beds, there are about 50 ICU beds and around 30-40 beds in the high-dependency unit. It has around 70 ventilators.
"The capacity can be ramped up, depending on the requirement," a source said.
The AIIMS has set up a task force to develop a management protocol for COVID-19 and constituted several committees to be able to respond to the challenges that may prop up in the coming days due to the rising number of coronavirus cases.
The premier hospital has already closed its OPD, including speciality services and all new and follow-up patients' registration, from March 24 till further orders.
The AIIMS had earlier decided to temporarily suspend the routine walk-in OPD registration of patients from March 23 as part of its efforts to redirect its resources to control the coronavirus outbreak.
Further, the hospital has been postponing all non-essential elective procedures and surgeries, and the administration has directed for only emergency life-saving surgeries.
The number of coronavirus cases crossed the 1,000-mark in India on Sunday while the death toll rose to 27, according to the Union Health Ministry.
With inputs from agencies
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