Emergency cardiac care during COVID19
June 4, 2020
The SARS- CoV-2 is a new virus and causes a new disease COVID 19. Very little is known about this virus and the disease. What we know is that it is one of the most infectious diseases and that in about 80% of the people it causes very mild or no symptoms. The rest of the population is at a risk of developing a serious illness. Patients with cardiovascular illness, hypertension, diabetes, cancer or weakened immune systems are at increased risk of developing the serious condition.
Cardiac care during COVID 19
Patients with cardiac problems require constant management by a professional team for a healthy life. This pandemic has interrupted life in many ways. A routine hospital visit is now a matter of concern. Regular checkups, non-essential procedures and elective surgeries are now being postponed for a later date as hospitals are filling up with COVID 19 patients and healthcare systems are coming under increasing stress.
How safe is it to visit a hospital for an emergency?
Hospitals offer COVID19 treatment in isolation wards. Cardiovascular patients with COVID19 will be treated in such isolation wards. If they require critical care, dedicated beds are available for COVID patients and for patients who await test results. Cardiac interventions and surgeries require state of the art equipment and facilities. Infection control plays a major role in preserving patients’ health, especially with such an infectious disease among us.
If you are taking treatment for cardiovascular problems, talk to your doctor about emergency protocols. Check all available hospital options for emergency cardiac treatments and discuss the options with your doctor.
A COVID ready cardiac emergency treatment will involve:
- Stringent sanitization and infection control protocols according to ICMR guidelines
- Personnel limited to the absolute minimum necessary for the procedure
- Personal Protective Equipment provided for all members of the team
- Strict adherence to exact schedules
- Sanitized ambulance and stretchers for pick up and transport on arrival
- All patients kept at appropriate distance from each other
- Patient screening before procedure
- COVID19 positive patients or those awaiting test results treated in isolation
- COVID19 patients treated in negative pressure rooms that prevent outward airflow
- Telemedicine available for screening and post procedure consultation
At Rela Institute, we have taken every measure to ensure your safety, no matter what the emergency. Call us for more information.