COVID TASK FORCE

During the first wave of the COVID19 pandemic in Italy, the health care system collapsed with overloaded hospitals and overcrowded emergency rooms. 

In October 2020, during the second wave, medical staff was more prepared to fight the virus, to recognise the symptoms and to safely organise hospitals stays.

The University Hospital of Parma has been the first in Italy to have organised a task force entirely composed by specialists.

In fact these experts, during their visits to patients whether in their homes, in nursing homes or in hotels for Covid patients, bring with them laboratory equipments to conduct a precise diagnose on patients.

This has been very useful to avoid overloading hospitals and long queues in emergency rooms where there is a greater risk of contracting the virus.

The team of the Parma Multidisciplinary Mobile Unit is formed by Dr. Antonio Nouvelle, expert in abdominal and pulmonary clinical ultrasound, by Dr. and pneumologist Martina Rendo and by the anaesthetist Saturno Francesco. 

The task force recieve a day-by-day list of patients from the hospital to be diagnosed. They then organise the fastest route in order to visit as many patients as possible in the Parma area.

During the day, there are many emergency calls and program changes. Up to 20 visits are carried out in a 12-hour shift and without breaks.

Is a constant putting on and taking off the protective suit, in the entrance, on the stairs, hidden from the neighbours view to cause suspicion.

Here the story of a work shift of the multidisciplinary mobile unit of the Parma during the second COVID19 wave in Italy. Monday 9th of November 2020.

9th of November, 2020. Traversetolo, Parma, Italy The Parma Multidisciplinary Mobile Unit performs lung ultrasound on a positive COVID19 patient. Dr. Antonio Nouvelle, through ultrasound, looks out inbetween the shades of grey for the so called "comet tails" or B lines pathological artifacts typical of lung diseases.

9th of November, 2020. Corcagnano, Parma, Italy Home of a COVID19 affected person. Martina Rendo, physician and pneumologist, examinates the medical datas elanboreted by a blood gas analyzer. Blood gas analysis is a useful and precise technique to detect the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide present in the patients’ blood.

9th of November, 2020. Parma, Italy Dr. Martina Rendo, of the multidisciplinary mobile unit of Parma, is preparing to enter a retirement home.

9th of November, 2020. Traversetolo, Parma, Italy The Parma Multidisciplinary Mobile Unit performs lung ultrasound on a positive COVID19 patient. Dr. Antonio Nouvelle, through ultrasound, looks out inbetween the shades of grey for the so called "comet tails" or B lines pathological artifacts typical of lung diseases.

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