By Betheena Unite
Installation of the patient monitoring system at the Lung Center of the Philippines began Tuesday, April 14, with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DSWD) and a construction company.
Acting on the request of Dr. Gloanne Adolor, with instructions from Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, the department has started installing closed-circuit television video surveillance and cardiac monitors for each of the 24 rooms of a COVID-19 ward in the hospital. The patient cardiac monitor will enhance the hospital’s response mechanism and capability to handle COVID-19 cases, Villar said.
Cardiac monitors are very essential for the protection of both patients and healthcare workers especially against the risk of infection from COVID-19 patients in isolation and undergoing treatments, the secretary added. “With the advancement of technology such as cardiac monitors, health workers can closely attend patients’ condition without direct exposure,” he said.
According to Undersecretary Emil Sadain, the manpower services were sponsored free by Nationstar Development Corporation President Al Tengco. Some 30 workers were tapped to install the monitors, cabling, and minor expansion works at the hospital laboratory.
The department, Sadain said, provided all workers with personal protective equipment donated by generous organizations to prevent getting direct exposure from the hospital’s patients and environment.
Villar also expressed his appreciation to the volunteerism act of Nationstar for the installation works.