Hospital gets first-of-its-kind chamber for treatment of Covid-19 patients

(From left) HSI Emergency Department medical officers Dr Hermi Syazwan and Dr S. Loganayagi showing how a breathing tube is inserted into a mannequin inside the Isoresus Chamber.

THE Isoresus Chamber is the first-of-its-kind medical work space in peninsular Malaysia, Johor Doctors Association president Dr Ng Kim Fong said.

He described the chamber as a cylindrical work space with customised negative pressure and sealed doors, and said that it specially catered to Category 4 and Category 5 Covid-19 patients.

“Covid-19 patients having breathing difficulties will be isolated here, ” he said, elaborating that a patient would only be moved to another location or hospital after they were stabilised.

He added that the chamber could help reduce cross-contamination of Covid-19 infection between doctors and patients in hospitals.

The Isoresus Chamber at Hospital Sultan Ismail Emergency and Trauma Department in Johor Baru was launched by Health Ministry medical development division director Dr Ahmad Razid Salleh.

Dr Ng said that by isolating patients who were positive for Covid-19, the risk of cross-contamination between patients and medical workers could be reduced.

“Prior to this, all patients were placed in the same room with medical workers, so the risk of contamination was high.

“With this chamber, we can isolate those who are Covid-19 positive.

“The room is equipped with its own ventilation.

“Doctors are given 15 minutes to tend to the patients inside, ” he said, adding that there would be one nurse and one medical officer to monitor the patient’s condition outside.

Dr Ng said the 4x5sq m chamber cost RM80,000.

He said the association had been working with a company in Johor Baru to manufacture the fibreglass two-tonne mobile chamber. — By REMAR NORDIN

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