Establishing a 130-bedded field intensive care unit to prepare for COVID-19 in 7 days in Bahrain Military Hospital

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Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2020 Aug 12:1-26. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2020.297. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: To establish an isolated fully-functional Field Intensive Care Unit (FICU) unit equipped with all necessary critical care facilities as a part of the national pre-emptive preparedness to treat an unexpected surge outbreak of COVID-19 patients in Bahrain.

DESIGN: Conversion of one floor of an existing car park into a 130-bedded ICU set-up by in-house project implementation team comprising of multidisciplinary departments.

SETTING: Military hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

RESULT: One floor of the car park inside the premise of the hospital was converted into an isolated 130 bedded FICU comprising of 112-bedded fully equipped ICU and 18-bedded step-down ICU in 7days to cater to the intensive care of COVID-19 patients in Bahrain.

PMID:32782041 | DOI:10.1017/dmp.2020.297