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Sep 15, 2020

COVID-19 Isolation Unit at K.H.M.H. Equipped, Staff Capable

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has nine ventilators in its COVID-19 isolation unit. Since the first case was detected, the K.H.M.H. has treated up to five COVID patients on ventilators at one given time.  But even prior to its first COVID hospitalisation in March, the unit was expanded and is now equipped and manned properly by healthcare workers.  C.E.O. Michelle Cox-Hoare says that during the pandemic, there have been several baby deliveries and the K.H.M.H. has continued to offer other critical services.


Michelle Cox-Hoare, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“In responding for the COVID-19 pandemic, K.H.M.H. literally had to put in place an additional critical care isolation unit specifically for COVID-19 patients. So that was an expansion in itself for the services that we provide because our adult intensive care, paediatric and neonatal intensive care units continue to provide service for non-COVID-19 patients. And so we prepared by organizing an area dedicated for COVID-19 management. So that in itself is an expansion we can say we are proud today to the Belizean people. We had to equip the area and staff that area; build capacity, particularly in our human resource, to be able to respond to this new virus that had been attacking the world. Now we are able to service nine ventilated patients in that area. We were able to address issues with doors and with other safety features. We’ve been able to strengthen the responsiveness of the area. And I think what was good for us is that that first wave—what Belizean says the first wave that happened in March; I think we are just in the first wave now. But that first wave where we had the first three patients admitted in the area, gave us an opportunity to be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the area and we were able to improve on the area and now I believe that we are better suited for the cases that come our way.”

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