All four New York University (NYU) hospitals in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island were filled with infected patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital system added 189 beds in their two Manhattan hospitals alone during the crisis.
Chief medical officer at NYU Langone Health Dr. Fritz Francois talked about their hospitals’ plan in preparation for a second wave of the virus. He mentioned the seven T’s that they are following: Tools, Testing, Teams, Triage, Treatments, Trials, and Throughput.
“I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for us to do research and publish what it is that we find, as opposed to just doing things anecdotally,” Francois said. “And we now know so much more about it [coronavirus] than we did before.”
They are stocking up on needed tools such as personal protective equipment (PPE). Francois is also relying on testing to ensure his patients’ safety. Every patient who comes in the hospital regardless of symptoms will undergo testing for the virus.
“[We developed] specialty teams to deliver types of care that other institutions don’t have, such as an ECMO team or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, [which] was a dedicated team,” said Francois.
He also said that they developed “ways in which we can have some of the equipment outside of the room so that minimizes the need to go into a room multiple times.”
NYU is doing trials to see what fights the virus best. “[Throughput] is in terms of how do we ensure that patients can safely transition [back home or to a rehab center] when they [beat the virus],” Francois said.
“We’re not in the same position, we know so much more, we’re better prepared — and that really is going to make all the difference in the world.”