b'SPECIAL EDITION 202019PHOTO: GeoffForester/Concord MonitorConcord Hospitals Intensive Care UnitTransforming Care to Care for COVID-19 PatientsTransforming Concord Hospitals IntensiveThe eff ort included ICU boot camp-typeThe changes ensured the ICU staffcould care Care Unit (ICU) to care for COVID-19 patientstraining for up to 85 nurses transferred intofor COVID-19 patients in a designated area included fast-paced weeks of comprehensivethe unit or former ICU nurses who werewhile keeping other critically ill patients planning, rapid physical renovations andinvited back to help. safe. During the spring, the ICU typically critical care training for nurses brought intoThe most visible change was renovatingcared for 14 to 15 patients a day, including the ICU from other parts of the Hospital. rooms to become negative pressure rooms,3-5 COVID-19 patients a day. Case said she We were working toward being fullydesigned with advanced ventilation andand her colleagues felt total support from prepared to care for as many as 60 critically illfi the Hospital in the face of daily changes inltration to prevent any airborne virus fromCOVID-19 knowledge and response.patients, said Jody Case, Concord Hospitalscontaminating adjacent areas. New ante Director of Critical Care (shown above). Sherooms gave nurses and other providersIt wasnt necessarily about the money, she and others worked long days, seven daysadequate space to safely put on and removesaid. It wasnt about the logistics. It was a week, to prepare special patient rooms,layers of protective gear. about This is what we have to have to make add and train nurses, obtain supplies andWalls and doors went up in days, Case said,our staffsafe, and once you realize you are protective equipment, learn about COVID-19,and modifi cations such as adding windows togoing with that mentality, you had full trust. keep staffwell-informed and stay ahead ofthe new doors were prompt. It was so quick the potential need. and done with a can-do attitude.It was some of the most outstanding work Ive seen this organization do, she said. There was not a person in the organization whoResilience to me comes through in the form of pride. really wasnt game on. I see a sense of pride, especially in the ICU staffin their ability to manage this new normal.Jody Case, Concord Hospital Director of Critical Care'