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Title: Responding to COVID-19: How an academic infectious diseases division mobilized in Singapore
Authors: Archuleta, S. 
Cross, G. 
Somani, J. 
Lum, L. 
Santosa, A. 
Alagha, R.A.
Allen, D.M. 
Ang, A.
Beh, D.
Chai, L. 
Chan, S.M.
Lim, S.M. 
Olszyna, D.P. 
Ong, C. 
Oon, J. 
Salada, B.M.A.
Smitasin, N. 
Sun, L.
Tambyah, P.A. 
Tham, S.M.
Yan, G.
Yee, C.H.
Dan, Yock Young 
Jureen, R. 
Tee, N. 
Mahadevan, M. 
Yau, Y.W. 
Quek, S.C. 
Liu, Eugene H. 
Sin, C.
Bagdasarian, Natasha 
Fisher, D.A. 
Keywords: Academic infectious diseases
Pandemic response
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Citation: Archuleta, S., Cross, G., Somani, J., Lum, L., Santosa, A., Alagha, R.A., Allen, D.M., Ang, A., Beh, D., Chai, L., Chan, S.M., Lim, S.M., Olszyna, D.P., Ong, C., Oon, J., Salada, B.M.A., Smitasin, N., Sun, L., Tambyah, P.A., Tham, S.M., Yan, G., Yee, C.H., Dan, Yock Young, Jureen, R., Tee, N., Mahadevan, M., Yau, Y.W., Quek, S.C., Liu, Eugene H., Sin, C., Bagdasarian, Natasha, Fisher, D.A. (2020). Responding to COVID-19: How an academic infectious diseases division mobilized in Singapore. BMC Medicine 18 (1) : 179. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Background: On January 30, COVID-19 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern - a week after Singapore's first imported case and 5 days before local transmission. The National University Hospital (NUH) is Singapore's third largest hospital with 1200 beds, heavy clinical workloads, and major roles in research and teaching. Main body: With memories of SARS still vivid, there was an urgent requirement for the NUH Division of Infectious Diseases to adapt - undergoing major reorganization to face rapidly changing priorities while ensuring usual essential services and standards. Leveraging on individual strengths, our division mobilized to meet the demands of COVID-19 while engaging in high-level coordination, strategy, and advocacy. We present our experience of the 60 days since the nation's first case. During this time, our hospital has managed 3030 suspect cases, including 1300 inpatients, 37 confirmed cases, and overseen 4384 samples tested for COVID-19. Conclusion: Complex hospital adaptations were supported by an unprecedented number of workflows and coordination channels essential to safe and effective operations. The actions we describe, aligned with international recommendations and emerging evidence-based best practices, may serve as a framework for other divisions and institutions facing the spread of COVID-19 globally. � 2020 The Author(s).
Source Title: BMC Medicine
ISSN: 17417015
DOI: 10.1186/s12916-020-01641-7
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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