New ventilators acquired at Gozo General Hospital

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Steward Health Care Malta acquired10 full capability GE ventilators as part of their COVID-19 preparedness at the Gozo General Hospital.

In a statement, Steward Healthcare said that this was made possible through the assistance of the Steward US supply chain.

Since ventilators from GE were already in use at the hospital, all ITU nurses are trained to use these machines. Nurses, who do not usually work at ITU, have received basic training over the last weeks in order to support ITU nurses, when and if required.

Furthermore, 2 dialysis machines for the treatment of ITU patients were delivered in the last weeks and the staff is already trained, said Steward Healthcare and also announced that the first phase of the ITU expansion from 6 to 16 beds /ventilators is now complete.

In addition, further 10 GE ventilators which are expected to arrive in summer have been ordered which, according to Steward Healthcare, will complement another 5 Philips’ V60+ ventilators which are due to be delivered in the coming weeks. This would result in a net capacity of 25 ITU beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients.

An ITU teleconsulting system has also been set up to assist the clinical staff.

Dr Delicata, Executive Director of Steward Malta explained, that as the fight against the pandemic continues, Steward is collaborating closely with the GOM in this time of crisis. The affiliation to Steward’s international network has provided unique access to

resources, medical expertise, crisis management support and best practices” said Dr Armin Ernst, president of Steward Health Care International.

No Coronavirus positive patients have been recorded over the last 7 days at the Gozo General Hospital. All patients being admitted to Gozo General are being tested for COVID-19 and cohorted in the Infectious Disease Unit until issuing and confirmation of results.

Also, no staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 and all employees who were in quarantine have reported back to duty.

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