The Department of Emergency Situations through SMURD Foundation, with the support of Lidl Romania, acquires the first mobile intensive care unit in our country, worth 264,930 dollars, which will be able to take over patients in critical condition as a result of SARS–CoV–2 infection.
This mobile intensive care unit on the structure of a truck can be moved quickly anywhere in the country, increasing the ability of the busiest hospitals to provide care to the highest standards. The ward will be located in the courtyard of a first-line overcrowded hospital, which can be connected to both the hospital’s electrical and oxygen networks and will be able to take over 12 patients with an indication of intensive care.
“We are going through an unprecedented period, when the Coronavirus pandemic puts huge pressure on medical systems around the world. In order to cope with this situation, solidarity is needed throughout society and support from the private environment. For us, Lidl Romania, investing in the development of emergency medical services has been a priority for many years and we have been pleased to be able to collaborate over time with DSU and SMURD Foundation in several national projects that have already saved many lives. We are now continuing this long-term partnership to supplement Romania’s ability to provide the necessary care to patients diagnosed with the new Coronavirus and in serious condition. At the same time, I would like to thank both personally and from the more than 7,500 colleagues in Lidl, the entire medical body in Romania, those on the front line these days, who are making enormous efforts to take care of our health”, said Frank Wagner, CEO of Lidl Romania.
Dr. Raed Arafat, Head of the Department of Emergency Situations, says: “This intensive care unit is unique in Romania, its use enabling us to significantly improve the evolution of patients most severely affected by SARS–CoV–2 infection. Given the experience of other European countries that have already experienced a shortage of places in intensive care wards, as well as the rapid dynamics in such a context at national level, 4 such mobile units would significantly increase Romania’s ability to manage critical patients in the period to come, exactly where it is most needed. In this context, we encourage other investors to join this initiative supported by LIDL Romania. We thank all those who come to the support of colleagues who come to the front line, we need to feel close and know that you trust us and all the efforts made day and night by my colleagues.”
This type of mobile unit will be included in Romania’s disaster response equipment and can be used in any disaster situation that generates multiple casualties, such as in the event of an earthquake. After the end of this crisis, the mobile intensive care unit will also be able to function as a mobile simulation centre for doctors resident in ATI and emergency medicine.