Chulalongkorn University has come up with the idea to help Covid19 patients cope with the crisis of hospital bed shortage and provide the soaring number of patients with a “survival kit” complete with essential items and guidelines for self-care at home, such as well as channels of communication with officials while waiting for a bed in the hospital. This is intended to alleviate the anxiety of the patients and enable the community to survive the crisis together.
As the Covid19 outbreak spreads widely in Thailand, the number of infected people across the country is steadily rising to more than 20,000 per day, leading to severe hospital bed shortages. As reported in the news, overcrowded patients waiting in hospital beds lined up outside hospital buildings, parking lots and more in their homes risk infecting relatives, which can ultimately lead to death.
To tackle this problem, the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, under the patronage of the king, has teamed up with some other agencies to put together a so-called “survival package” to assist covid19 patients while they wait on a hospital bed.
and the Chulalongkorn University Alumni Association under the patronage of the king cooperated with the Institute for Urban Disease Control and Prevention (IUDC), the Department of Disease Control and the private sector such as Engine Life Co., Ltd. and The Sharpener are coming up with a “survival kit” to help COVID-19 patients while they wait on their hospital beds.
What’s in Survival Pack?
One survival kit contains necessary self-care supplies for 14 days while waiting for a bed, or until the patients with mild symptoms get better or find a bed. These items, supplied with Department of Disease Control reference, are:
- 1 thermometer
- 1 pulse oximeter
- 50 tablets of 500 mg paracetamol
- 90 capsules Green chiretta (Andrographis paniculata)
- About 100 ml. of alcohol gel
- 15 pcs disposable masks
The most important thing in caring for Covid19 patients with mild symptoms is constant monitoring. Usually, the temperature and oxygen level should be measured three times a day: in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening to report to the doctor to recommend medication or to go to the hospital.
In addition, the front of the kits has a QR code from “Scan for survival” Line Official that will connect the patients with IUDC staff and volunteer groups who will keep them updated with useful information and follow up on their symptoms.
The survival kit is a prototype idea that Asst. Prof. dr. dr. Juthamas hopes that both the government and the private sector will pick up.
Asst. Prof. dr. dr. Juthamas team, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University.
For more information, call 09-6991-6363 or 09-3698-9336.
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