A construction of the new level II Intensive Care Unit (FIA II) is scheduled to start on Monday and should be completed by 10 December, the president of the Board of Directors Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando da Fonseca advanced to Lusa [HFF].
This investment represents an increase of 15 beds, compared to the current four existing at this level II and the medical team that will integrate it will result from the reorganization of the Intensive Care Service team and the hiring of doctors intensivists, nurses and operational assistants.
“It is a structuring work for the Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando da Fonseca and has a transversal impact on the entire institution and on the quality of the care we provide”, said Marco Ferreira.
The work was scheduled to be completed in 2021, but also due to the current epidemic situation was anticipated and will be carried out in a “very short period”, he said, noting that the HFF is one of the hospitals in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region with the largest number of patients with covid-19 hospitalized since the beginning of pandemic.
“THE objective is to start now to respond to the increased need that is predictable not only by Winter, as well as the situation of pandemic by covid-19 “, scored.
currently, The HFF has an average of 2.6 level II intensive care beds per 100,000 inhabitants and this project will allow to increase this ratio for five beds per 100,000 inhabitants, “which is already closer to the national average and allows users to provide higher quality care,” said Marco Ferreira.
As of Friday, the hospital had three of the 10 level III intensive care beds occupied with patients covid-19, with the vacancies being managed centrally by the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.
“When it is necessary to make it available to other institutions that are under greater pressure, we also support them,” he said, explaining that this capacity is also complementary to the beds that are occupied by patients with other diseases.
“THE HFF is one of the hospitals in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo with the largest number of patients covid-19 hospitalized since the beginning of pandemic“, and the creation of FIA will “relieve the pressure on the institution’s Intensive Care Medicine, and new investments are expected in the very short term to strengthen the hospital’s response”, he stressed.
The new FIA it will “significantly improve” the health care provided, adapting it to the critically ill at its different levels of severity, decreasing the average number of days of patients hospitalized in the short unit of the General Emergency Service, and optimizing the use of intensive care beds.
It will also allow to reduce the rate of surgical cancellations associated with the lack of intensive care beds in the most complex surgeries, namely oncological.
The unit, which will be built at area currently occupied by the Surgery Unit Ambulatory, close to the Intensive Care Service, general urgency and operating theater, includes a nursing and surveillance postncia centralized.
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