The Clinic for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at UMHAT "St. Marina"-Varna conducts training of the medical teams from the other clinics in the medical establishment as a measure of safety during working with patients with COVID-19 infection. The aim is to keep the staff as secure and healthy as possible.
"Undoubtedly, this is extremely important as this is a highly contagious infection, and the people who are going to work with positively proven patients in intensive care units need to be protected as much as possible," explains Prof. Dr. Viliyan Platikanov, Head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Medicine, MU - Varna.
The training is conducted daily as the use of personal protective equipment for maximum protection of the whole body requires knowledge, and there are key moments and actions that need to be made clear in advance.
Dressing and undressing the protective suit is a slow process that must be performed by two people. In the course of the training, one person is reading the instructions and checking that they are fulfilled, and the other one is getting dressed accordingly. The process of undressing the contaminated suit and protective equipment in a real situation must be even more careful because it is important to prevent contamination of the skin and clothing of the undressing person.
Any transition from contaminated premises in a clean room and back requires another suit. The suits are reusable or disposable. The disposable ones are thrown out and disposed of in accordance with the hazardous waste programme.
The algorithm of the ongoing training is based on instructions for dealing with particularly dangerous infections.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsonko Paunov, Head of the Board of Epidemiology at MU-Varna, states that the entire organisation of the training and the developed algorithms are based on instructions and materials provided by WHO and organisations closely related to public health, on recommendations from other countries, as well as the knowledge and experience of specialists in previous epidemics.