As number of Coronavirus patients are on the rise in the national capital, 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 tackles road accidents victims, would provide quick medical facilities to COVID-19 patients. As per report, initially a total of 260 beds would be dedicated for the purpose.
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.