Covid outbreak forces Vall d’Hebron not to admit patients in 1 day

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A coronavirus outbreak that has affected 12 health professionals and 28 patients of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital forced this Barcelona health center to not admit patients derived from EMS for almost 24 hours, between last Thursday and yesterday, Friday.

Sources from the Vall d’Hebron Hospital have reported this Saturday that this type of situation “is common” among large health centers in Catalonia, if circumstances require it, so when the outbreak was detected it was agreed that they would not be accepted patients referred by EMS (Medical Emergencies System) until it was controlled.

Yesterday, Friday, the outbreak was considered controlled and half of the affected patients, and who were admitted for non-covid pathologies, are already at home as they are asymptomatic, the same sources have indicated.

It was also reported yesterday in a statement that the ordinary care activity of the center was maintained but not that referrals had been made from the EMS to other hospital spaces for a whole day, as has been admitted today.

Mass screening

This Saturday a massive screening of all hospital professionals began, which will last between five and six days, and which is done in all areas of the health facility with mobile teams. According to data provided by the hospital, throughout this Saturday 1,000 PCR tests have been carried out on members of the Barcelona hospital.

In September, voluntary PCR tests were offered to professionals in Vall d’Hebron, of which a thousand were carried out.

The outbreak has also forced measures to be taken such as not allowing companions of the sick except for one person for pediatric admissions, in the event of childbirth and dependent or disabled people, as well as at the end of life.

Scientific sessions of more than six people have also been canceled and access to bars and restaurants that offer services to professionals has been limited, while those that serve users have been closed, following the restrictive measures established by the Govern and endorsed by the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia.

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