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Infected separated out in tents at CSK: "May be the calm before the storm"

The coronavirus infection is spreading. The healthcare system needs to take new measures, such as a tent outside the A&E at CSK. There, patients at risk will be identified quickly, and those who need to be protected from the coronavirus.
Sanna Engblom, NCHD in the A&E, and A&E Department Manager Therese Bachman explain why the A&E set up a tent outside CSK.
Foto: Lasse Ottosson

In the tent, all patients are taken in. Adults over the age of 18 enter the tent one way, children have their own entrance.

They are met by nurses who ask questions about, for example, a fever, cough, if they have shortness of breath, have sniffles or a sore throat. Body temperature, blood oxygen saturation levels and heart rate are measured. No tests are carried out.

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We make an assessment of whether they can go home and take care of themselves at home, or whether they should be admitted to the A&E

In the tent, it’s about quickly identifying patients in need of treatment or protection.

For the first time, a tent has been set up outside CSK. Here, patients that need to be passed on to the A&E are sorted out.
Foto: Mikael Persson

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Children have their own entrance and apartment.
Foto: Lasse Ottosson
Adults over the age of 18 enter the tent one way, children have their own entrance.
Foto: Lasse Ottosson

– We make an assessment of whether they can go home and take care of themselves at home, or whether they should be admitted to the A&E, says Therese Bachman, A&E Department Manager.

The tent opened on Tuesday morning. It will be there for as long as it’s needed, from 9.15 am to 1 am at night. At night, patients can ring the bell at the entrance.

The first morning is calm.

– But we expect more patients. This may be the calm before the storm, says Sanna Engblom, Non-consultant hospital doctor (NCHD) in the A&E.

More information in English: krisinformation,se

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Facts:

Here's how to avoid getting sick

Wash your hands with soap and water.
Wash them thoroughly and often.
Do not touch the face with your hands.
Sneeze and cough into your elbows.
Not in your hands!
Don't hug anyone.
Don't shake hands with people.
Avoid places where there are many people.
Don’t travel to countries or places where many people have become sick from the virus.
If you feel sick you can call 1177.
If you have any questions about the virus, call 113 13.
There is a visiting ban at the Centralsjukhuset.
Foto: Lasse Ottosson