Considering surge in Covid cases, preparatory Mock-Drill conducted at JLN Hospital

Bhilai, Apr 12: SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant’s Pt JLN Hospital & Research Center, Sector 9, conducted a successful “Mock Drill” on April 10, 2023, to ascertain the preparedness of emergency and health facilities at the Hospital. The Mock-drill was conducted under the guidance of Dr M Ravindranath, CMO I/c (M&HS), Dr P Binayke, CMO, and Dr K Thakur, CMO. Necessary directions were given by Dr Trinath Das, Additional CMO, for making it a well-coordinated mock drill activity. Dr Das informed that all the necessary medical arrangements including ICU beds, essential medicines, emergency facilities, isolation rooms, duty stations, PPE Kits, collection of samples, laboratories, arrangements for sanitization, drugs and disposal, oxygen supply, treatment protocols, rapid response teams and other critical care preparatory measures have been thoroughly reviewed and updated.
In view of an abrupt upsurge in the number of Covid-19 cases in the last few days, the Ministry of Health, Government of India has issued guidelines in pursuance of the Covid-19 Pandemic and instructions have been issued to the hospitals to start preparations to deal with the same. In adherence to these guidelines, the “Mock Drill” was conducted on Monday. Observing the rise in Covid-19 Cases, the Central Government has also become alert along with respective State Governments.
Amidst the review activities of the rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19, on last Monday, all of a sudden an ambulance arrived at the emergency gate of the Central casualty of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital & Research Center, Sector 9, operated by the Medical & Health Services Department of SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant. Two PPE kit-clad medical-staff stepped-out, carrying the patient out of the ambulance. Due to the critical condition of the patient, he was shifted to the flu clinic on stretchers after running the emergency tests including BP, oxygen-saturation level, lung infection level, pulse, blood-sugar level and other tests at the Accident & Emergency Room of the Casualty Department. The Patient’s details were recorded at the Covid-19 counter and the samples for conducting tests, were collected from the patient at the Collection area in the Covid-19 Lab.
After preliminary examination, he was taken to the counseling room, where necessary inquiries were made by the attending Doctor to the patient and his family members, regarding vaccination and travel-history, and after re-examination, as he was in a critical condition, he was shifted to the Covid Ward of the Intensive Care Unit with ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment and the treatment was initiated. Meanwhile another patient arrived, who was also treated in the similar manner. After running the tests he was found to be normal and was prescribed to follow home isolation.
It was informed that in case a patient is not in critical condition, then the suspected patients are sent to the OPD or Flu Clinic as per requirement after their temperature analysis at the “Covid Triage” counter set up in the Casualty Emergency Department. Para medical staff, nurses and management officials from BSP’s main hospital also participated in the mock drill.

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