If you just look at it, it will be difficult to recognize who you are, because you, like many other doctors in this translation center, all put on a protective jacket, identified by a code written quickly on the front of your chest. and back – “BS Linh CR”. That line is the only way for doctors to realize who each other is, in the fierce “storm” on the Han River. He is Doctor Tran Thanh Linh – Deputy Head of Emergency Recovery Department of Cho Ray Hospital. In response to the call of Da Nang, on 24/7, he and two other colleagues immediately set off with only a few luggage in a backpack.
Doctor Tran Thanh Linh is known as “the hero of BN91”. He is the person who directly treated and cared for the British pilot, patient number 91. Since then, the name “BS 91” was also affectionately given to him by patients and colleagues. During the past 20 days, every day of “BS 91” was in a hurry, spinning in the treatment area. He and his colleagues were responsible for one of the toughest fronts of the city, where there were many severe cases of COVID-19 with underlying disease, which was Da Nang Lung Hospital.
He said: “On the day of receiving the order to go to the Central region, all the doctors from Cho Ray Hospital determined that this trip would not have a return date. We came here from the first days, when the situation happened. The disease was heating up day by day, hour by hour Before colleagues in Da Nang, exhausted from the constant tracing, sampling, and staying up overnight in the treatment area … we just wanted to rush into the battle. speed up the operation of systems, equipment and machines with a team of medical doctors and doctors to receive and treat patients in order to share and reduce the burden for the brothers.
Every morning, receiving information that a serious patient is in critical condition, everyone is impatient. It must be put into operation soon, to reduce the current source of serious patients in Danang “.
Dr. Linh recalled: “The most pressing problem at that time was the large number of patients, while the team of nurses and doctors was too thin, the manpower at Da Nang hospitals was isolated. wise, we unanimously make full use of what is available, support each other in shifts and train each other. In the translation mind, only solving the situation, but we cannot wait and demand strength. the number of doctors who have the right expertise here … ”
Hearing his “commander” tell a story, a colleague of Mr. Linh teased: “Who remembers the messy early days of Linh?”. As if a smile flickered behind the mask, Dr. Linh recalled: “On July 24, when we arrived, until July 31, the whole Department of Active Rehabilitation was still noisy, chiseling, drilling , fitting. The sound of the drill drowned out the ambulance’s siren. The task of the group of workers is to immediately complete functional rooms so that medical experts can set up machines, hospital beds, “buffer” room areas, working rooms … how to quickly receive large quantities of diseases. and reduce the load for other hospitals ”.
The installation team has just left, all the doctors split up to clean, clean … to quickly pick up the Covid-19 patient for treatment.
The team of nurses, doctors to top emergency specialists of Cho Ray Hospital are actively working. People who clean the house from the ceiling to the floor, the person who cleans, who cleans all objects such as fans, wardrobes, tables and chairs …
Even Dr. Linh was holding a rag while carefully inspecting the rooms, if he did not meet the requirements, he started to clean it for a clean period.
Those days was the race period for the Cho Ray Hospital team and the Da Nang doctors to achieve the goal …
“Within 5 days, it is necessary to complete 12 patient rooms meeting the standards of an ICU room (intensive care) without central oxygen system, no compressed air system, and patient rooms have not been channeled one way to avoid the cross contamination “.
7:30 am, an ambulance sirens loudly, rushing into Da Nang Lung Hospital, heading towards a building dedicated to treating patients infected with COVID-19. The car has just parked, the group of medical staff with full protective suits are waiting with white stretchers. All operations are decisive and thorough, put the patient on a stretcher and quickly check the patient’s condition, in the blink of an eye, they were lost behind the door of the treatment area. The images are like a “video” of a snapshot, a brief description of what’s going on in the treatment area of patients with severe COVID-19 infection in Danang.
Quickly walking into the operating room, where the camera system to monitor each hospital bed, Dr. Linh started the day with a series of X-ray films of patients. Each film was carefully viewed one after another, any slight changes or signs of suspicion were carefully evaluated and recorded by him. After nearly 3 hours of hard-working image diagnosis, “BS Linh – CR” officially entered a really tough battle with COVID-19.
It takes about 10 minutes to finish wearing a protective suit with colleagues, few people know that the white, full white clothes from head to toe are a protective shield for doctors, but also their challenge when faced with. With the stuffiness and persistent perspiration dripping under the sweltering heat of the Central region in the summer of August. Wearing protective clothing, although it has been done again and again every day, is familiar with everyone are very careful, because disease is not subjective.
“If the doctor is infected, who saves the patient, every time I wear it, I feel faint, mixed feelings”, Dr. Linh shared. What helps doctors and nursing nurses recognize each other are the eyes and lines of code scribbled with a marker on the chest and on the back of each person. Those deeply sunken eyes, after days and nights of combat, shone solemnly. All are ready to take part.
Behind the first layer of glass is the “buffer room”, which separates the treatment area from the safety zone. The reporter also acted in full, cautiously moving with each step of “BS Linh CR” through the second glass door, at the same time the sound of machines and equipment treating many serious patients rang out. recovery.
The puff … the … the poop … the steady, decisive slaps on the bare chest of the male patient – “The patient is unconscious, so they have to pat the phlegm to loosen. the patient’s lungs will be blocked, “Dr. Linh explained after the patient’s indicators returned to safe levels.
Walking into another treatment room, examining an elderly patient with mechanical ventilation, which was quite critical, the middle-aged doctor tried to find a way to communicate with the patient in a deep, but powerful voice. : “Try to open your eyes, open and look at me … that’s right! Raise your hands to let me see, raise both hands! We are trying to treat you. You will be home soon! Try your best! “.
Moving to another patient’s bed with continuous dialysis, mechanical ventilation, after the examination, Dr. Linh and the team of physicians adjusted parameters, injected drugs to help patients recover soon. Then another serious illness, an elderly woman who has been in the hospital for a long time, her face showing fatigue and helplessness. While holding her hand to help her sit up, the doctor patted her on the back, and comforted her shoulder: “Do your best! Get better, we will take your breathing tube to reunite with your family soon.”
Just like that, they approach from critically ill patients with mechanical ventilation to the treatment area for patients who are about to recover. Walking us to the second floor, the doctor said: “This floor is arranged to be the place to treat patients with mild or about to recover. All the patients here are awake, their health is gradually getting better. These cases also have the underlying medical condition, but fortunately thanks to early intervention, good internal strength and recovery of the patient are not in danger of life. ”
Approaching a female patient, Dr. Linh asked “How are you, is today better?”. The woman nodded as she was better. Doctor Linh Kien said: “I try to comply with the doctor’s and hospital’s orders. Only in a short time will be able to go home from the hospital”.
Visiting the patient for a round, time passed by the whole lunch, I still haven’t seen Dr. Linh and his colleagues rest. They are still moving like a shuttle even though they have to be “canned” in protective suits for at least 3 hours. At this time, the clock was 2pm. Perhaps their lunch would be carried over to dinner, to halfway break, or some other convenient time.
Every morning, the team of experts from Cho Ray Hospital was present at the hospital at 7:30, after a quick professional briefing with the on-call doctor, the team immediately started to care and treat the patient. Lunch was usually eaten quickly, and then quickly all the doctors got back on track with the virus. If they were lucky until the end of the day there were no complications, then one day their fighting usually stopped after 8pm.
To provide professional support to colleagues and ensure the safety of the patient, every night, there are doctors, nurses and testing technicians of Cho Ray Hospital on duty. The story of the journey during the emergency night for severe COVID -19 illness from Hoan My Danang Hospital, Da Nang Cancer Hospital, Hoa Vang Hospital … has become a regular activity of 11 members of the response team. quickly at Cho Ray Hospital at Da Nang Lung Hospital.
The Deputy Head of the Department of Emergency Resuscitation at Cho Ray Hospital said that this COVID-19 patient was completely different from the previous one: “In previous episodes, people infected with COVID-19 in our country were mainly sick. young patients, patients from the community They have no, or few background diseases But this time COVID-19 has attacked the most severe departments of the hospitals in Da Nang. After 10 or 15 years of hemodialysis, patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer … with weakened immune systems, their organs have been greatly damaged, now becoming the target of the virus attack. That is our difficulty and challenge “.
Although having experienced many “battles” before, such as in 2007, she participated in giving first aid to the victims of Can Tho bridge collapse (killing more than 50 people); combating COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City in phase 1, fighting against Diphtheria outbreak in Kon Tum … with Doctor Linh “battle” with COVID-19 in Da Nang this time is really tough and more challenging. .
“In this war, we also do not know exactly when we will be able to completely control the pandemic in Da Nang, just do our best, do our best today for a definite return day! “