18 months of Covid-19

A professional, committed, resilient team and a Contingency Plan > to respond quickly to new needs. Main photo by Griselda Escrigas / 9Nou

On March 9, 2020, FSM presented its Contingency Plan, 3 days before the arrival of the first case. The exponential increase in cases forced health centers to reduce emergency activity, close residences to family access and design protocols, circuits and sectorization of spaces to combat the epidemic.

< p> The First Wave: 4 weeks of increase and 6 weeks of descent

In four weeks, both the Mollet Hospital and the Sociosanitary Hospital had to open beds to meet a demand that exceeded the resources of the centers. Teams and processes had to adapt quickly and all professionals gave their best in one of the most complex months the health sector has experienced. Normal activity was disrupted, such as referral of parties, restriction of access to companion visits, and postponement of non-urgent surgeries and consultations. The team of professionals was the key to being able to deal with an unexpected situation that called for quick responses in an environment of uncertainty and concern for the people being cared for and for the professionals themselves.

Throughout April and May the cases began to remit and the centers began to resume activity usual in order to be able to respond to all those patients who saw their health care stopped.

The pandemic in the residences

Residences were the centers that experienced the most uncertainty, as residents represented the most vulnerable group in Covid-19. All centers redesigned the circuits and for a long time had to alter the free access of relatives, who connected via video conferencing . FSM itself provided them with the necessary PPE and provided the necessary health support together with the Primary Care of the territory. Periodic screening protocols were also established for both professionals and caregivers to ensure maximum control within the center. From June until today all the residences managed to become green centers and start to recover progressively and with high control some of the activities that were carried out with an eye always on the well-being of the residents.

Highlights

The Covid Support project is created

March 2020. Mental Health and Spiritual Care

The Covid Support team focused on connecting patients and families through video calls and providing emotional support in situations of last hours to patients, relatives and professionals. It was formed during the 1st wave by professionals of Mental Health and Spiritual Care and, during the 2nd, of Social Work and Hospitalization.

Increases the installed capacity of beds by 60%

March 2020. Mollet Hospital

Due as revenue increased, overnight outpatient waiting rooms became inpatient units. Thanks to the administration, maintenance, infrastructure and other health teams, the capacity of the hospital increased by 60% and was able to respond to new needs.

Post Covid Rehabilitation Program

May 2020. Sociosanitary Hospital

The Service of Rehabilitation of FSM launched the Post Covid Program in which a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists, speech therapists and other professionals worked to help patients who had gone through a serious Covid process to regain their normal life and cope with the physical sequelae caused by Covid-19 and by a long-term hospitalization in the ICU.

The residences receive visits from relatives

June 2020. Dependency Area

For months, video calls were one of the only means of contacting relatives living in the residences. Although other channels such as Facebook and WhatsApp groups were also opened, the return of visits, albeit in a controlled way, meant a significant improvement for the well-being of families and residents.

More about Fundació Sanitària Mollet during de pandemic

Check out our 2020 report