Talking about shocking news in 2020, the coronavirus must be one of the headlines that caught everyone’s attention.
The coronavirus was first discovered at the end of 2019 and spread across the whole of China at the beginning of the year 2020.
In the face of the COVID-19, the Foshan Municipal Committee and the municipal government responded calmly and decisively. Doctors and nurses stuck together to face the problems, racing against time and fighting against the virus, going all out to the forefront of this battle to protect lives.
After more than 100 days of hard work, as of May 13, the last confirmed case of new coronary pneumonia in Foshan was cured and could leave the hospital.
Up to May, the new coronary pneumonia situation in Foshan has achieved zero deaths. Significant progress has been made in the prevention and control of this scary disease.
Spring flowers bloomed but no one had the mood to smell the roses, but now, a brand new summer has come.
The first case of the virus in Foshan
On January 22, the Provincial Health Commission informed that Foshan was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus infection.
On January 23, Guangdong launched the first-level response to public health emergencies, and Foshan immediately announced a list of 40 key clinics and designated hospitals for the patients who had a fever.
On the same day, a proposal of cancelling vacations and going to the frontline of the prevention and control of the new coronary pneumonia pandemic was also issued in the WeChat groups of major hospitals.
It quickly got affirmative responses from the medical staff. Some of them had fought against SARS 17 years ago, and some of them were freshmen who had only worked in the hospital for a short time.
No matter what their work age was, they gave their answer with a phone call or a text message, with a signature on the Letter of Voluntary Participation.
Designated Foshan hospitals during the virus
As one of the designated hospitals in Foshan City, the First People’s Hospital of Foshan entered into a state of emergency early.
The new coronavirus pneumonia control group was set up immediately in the hospital after receiving the notification of the pandemic.
The guidelines and procedures for infection control and prevention were formulated, including new coronary pneumonia diagnosis and treatment plans, pre-examination and triage systems, etc., and medical personnel training was strengthened.
A 24-hour fever clinic was set up, so were wards especially for treatment, and beds were reserved for patients with severe diseases.
On the other side, since January 22, the 45 medical personnel of the First Echelon of Medical Treatment of the Fourth People’s Hospital of the city had stationed in the hospital and had been on standby at any time.
The next day, the Fourth Hospital of the city set up a “sharp knife team” composed of 12 members who took the lead in fighting the front line of treatment.
At the same time, the major hospitals in Foshan had taken precautions against the disease and formulated the “six guarantees” in the field of personnel management, pandemic prevention and control, effective treatment through the formulation of detailed procedures for the fever clinic, the training of new coronary pneumonia prevention and control, and the emergency drills.
Foshan JIA YOU!
“Come on, Foshan! We will win!” The new coronavirus pneumonia was introduced in the evening of January 30th.
The 12 doctors and nurses from different hospitals joined each other to form the first batch of medical pioneers in the city to go to the Four Hospital of Foshan to fight against the new coronary pneumonia pandemic.
The First Hospital of Foshan and the Fourth Hospital of Foshan were designated as municipal designated hospitals for centralized treatment of severe and critical cases as well as light and ordinary cases based on the principle of “gathering patients, experts, resources and concentrating on treatment”.
Foshan doctors fight
Wearing thick protective clothing and heavy protective mask, the vision is often blocked by fog. In the case of inconvenient movement, nurses not only had to complete the fine treatment and nursing tasks such as blood drawing, but also assist to disinfect the wards.
A nurse at the emergency department of Foshan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, supported by the Fourth Hospital of Foshan said that the count of the steps he took just from walking around the ward in the morning would hit 20000. “sweating while working in protective clothing, I’d feel numb and cold if I stopped moving for just a while.
And I would sneeze every day because of the stimulation of alcohol and chlorine-containing disinfectants.” Although he couldn’t stop, he said he felt fulfilled, because this is “the duty and mission of medical staff”.
Foshans first COVID-19 case
On January 20, when Foshan’s first new coronary pneumonia patient was admitted to the First Hospital of Foshan, the intensive care unit of the hospital quickly set up a special medical care team to carry out the 4 hour shift scheduling system and the sub echelon rotation system to take over the critically ill patients.
At the same time, in accordance with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention guidelines, head nurses needed to develop more detailed ICU prevention and control and monitoring guidelines, establish the optimal bed management model for the critically ill patients, and use off-hours to organize training and related knowledge learning.
How the nurses checked for the virus
Ms Chen, a nurse in the Department of Intensive Care Unit of the First Hospital of Foshan, said that in ICU, nurses should check the patients’ pupil changes every hour.
They needed to use a flashlight every hour to check whether there were “small black spots” in the ECMO membrane of the patients. They also needed to check hourly whether there was bleeding in the mouth, digestive tract and the puncture site of intubation.
With more medical instruments, the work of the nursing team of ICU got heavier. In addition to focusing on the changes of vital signs of patients, they also had to pay attention to the monitoring data of each instrument to provide support for doctors to adjust the treatment plan.
Words of encouragement
Words of encouragement not only generate warmth but also give people strength. In the face of new coronary pneumonia, Intensive Care Units, which looked after the most critical patients in Foshan, were undoubtedly the most difficult battlefield.
On the other side, the encouragement of medical staff is also important for patients.
“Please believe that it will get better.” “If you need anything, please contact us at any time.” In the isolation ward of the Fourth Hospital of Foshan, these notes written by medical staff were displayed in the ward window.
Whenever the patients looked up they could see them and felt the care and warmth.
Mental Health an important factor
According to doctors, the process of treating patients with light syndrome of the new coronary pneumonia, or without, the key is to improve their confidence help them keep a good mood.
To this end, the doctors and nurses set up a WeChat group for the patients to communicate every day, encourage them and cheer them up.
Every time a patient recovered and met the requirements to leave the hospital, the WeChat group would be particularly lively. The happy and encouraging words of the cured patients would light up the confidence of those who needed further treatment.
A nurse said, she remembers clearly that one night when she was checking in the ward as usual wearing a protective suit, she suddenly saw a medicine bag pasted on the glass at the door of a ward, on which the patient wrote “thank you” and drew a “smiling face” in the lower right corner. In an instant, a stream of tears came to my eyes, “this feeling of being recognized and thanked is so warm that I will never forget it.” she said.
The reason why we call doctors and nurses “Angels in white”, is what they do every day means more than just a job to them.
They do not just save lives but risk their lives to save lives. The virus situation has been got in control now, and undoubtedly the medical staff have made the greatest contribution to the safety of the whole mankind.
Virus timeline in Foshan
New Coronary Pneumonia Outbreak Prevention and Control Group was established by the Municipal Committee of Foshan.
Guangdong Province initiated the first-level response to Major Public Health Emergencies. Foshan quickly launched and implemented the disease prevention and control measures according to the first level response requirements.
A letter was sent to the citizens in Foshan to remind them to prevent and control the pandemic, and the list of 40 key fever clinics and 7 city-level designated hospitals in the city were announced.
The city issued a first-level response mobilization order for public health emergencies, proposing to achieve “six guarantees in place” and establishing a comprehensive prevention and control system.
The first case of new coronavirus pneumonia in Foshan was cured and could leave the hospital.
The first severe case of new coronavirus pneumonia in Foshan was cured and could leave the hospital.
Foshan adjusted the level of major public health emergency response from the first-level response to second-level response according to the provincial instructions about the prevention and control of the new coronary pneumonia pandemic
Foshan adjusted the level of major public health emergency response from the second-level response to third-level response according to the provincial instructions about the prevention and control of the new coronary pneumonia pandemic
The last case of new coronavirus pneumonia in Foshan was cured and could leave the hospital. The confirmed case of new coronavirus pneumonia in Foshan dropped to 0.