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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 144-149

Preparing a teaching hospital and university campus for the COVID-19 pandemic: A Saudi University hospital experience


1 Emergency Medicine Department, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University Hospital, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Infection Control Deparment, Department of Medicine, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University Hospital, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Specialized Medical Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Nursing Department, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University Hospital, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Local Content and Government Procuretment Authority, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6 King Saudi University Deprtment of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Wajdan Al-Assaf
College of Medicine, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, P O Box 84428, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jnsm.jnsm_159_20

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Objectives: To outline the preparation conducted by King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz University hospital, And princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman university to deal with COVID-19 pandemic. This experience may assist other healthcare facilities (especially academic hospitals) in pandemic-related disaster planning and management. Methods: A descriptive study outlining the process of disaster preparedness and functional implication of this preparedness for a university campus and its related academic hospital to cope with the merging COVID-19 pandemic for the period from February 2020-October 2020. Results: The implemented measures in both the university and hospital helped in decreasing the rate of COVID-19 cross-infections between healthcare workers, admitted patients and university personnel. Resources were evenly distributed, and clear line of management, reporting and communication was established between the hospital and university. Conclusion : Integration between all stake holders in academic hospital and university leadership is the corner stone in pandemic and disaster management.


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