The Covid-Sars-19 epidemic has shocked Italian healthcare system. To cope with the emergency and help the sicks, several hospitals have been built or renovated in the main Italian cities.
On March 16, Covid 2 Hospital, entirely dedicated to patients infected with Coronavirus, was inaugurated in Rome. An existing structure was transformed in record time into a specialized clinical center to deal with the ongoing health emergency.
Despite the creation of a dedicated exceptional place, the high number of infected patients has prompted the healthcare facility to move the less critical patients to hotels to free up hospital stays.
For two months, I documented the activities within the structure, the meetings of the medical and administrative staff, the construction of new hospital wards, the transfer of the sick, the care of patients placed in intensive isolation. This photographic series describes the birth and evolution of a highly specialized hub in a situation of maximum urgency, as well as the procedures adopted for the containment of the pandemic of Coronavirus in Rome inside and outside the clinic.
* This selection of pictures is a first chapter of an ongoing project focused on the aftermaths of Coronavirus in the urban area of Rome.
03.16.2020. ER of Agostino Gemelli hospital, Rome. A group of operators transports an intubated patient with Covid19 to the Covid2 Hospital in a biocontainer suit. Transporting unstable patients is a long and complex procedure because of the respiratory equipment needed.
01.04.2020. Simone, 34, at the end of his shift. The criticality in finding personal protective equipment to avoid infection, forces health workers to long work sessions with damage to their person.
03.18.2020. In the intensive care unit, a doctor monitors the health of an infected patient in a negative pressure containment chamber.
03.28.2020. Intensive care unit. Due to a worsening, a 52-year-old patient undergoes CPAP ventilation with a helmet.
03.14.2020. ER of Agostino Gemelli Hospital. A patient with symptoms compatible with Covid19 is urgently transported to the hospital isolation ward.
03.17.2020. Inside a false ceiling of the hospital, Doran, 36, an electrician works on the electrical system of the floor.
03.13.2020. In the intensive care unit, a nurse runs into the patient’s room after the cardiac arrest alarm is triggered.
27.03.2020. A body awaiting funeral services.
03.28.2020. A newborn son of a Coronavirus positive mother attentive in an incubator waiting for the outcome of the diagnostic swab.
03.24.2020. In the intensive care unit of Covid2, a patient has respiratory support. Coronavirus seriously damages the lung alveoli. In severe cases, intubated patients are placed in a prone position for at least 16 hours to stabilize ventilation.
03.30.2020. In the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Rome Central Park hotel, a desk is set up with safety devices for healthcare professionals. The continuous influx of patients forces the hospital to rent luxury hotels to move patients who no longer need respiratory support.
03.18.2020. A patient’s room. The facility is equipped with 21 intensive care beds and 32 beds for infectious diseases and pneumology.
03.21.2020. In the intensive care unit of Covid 2, a group of doctors and anesthesiologists monitor the health of patients in a meeting room.
01.04.2020. After eight days of respiratory assistance, Adolfo, 56, ends his quarantine period in a hotel room equipped with remote monitoring tools.
03.16.2020. Ezio, 42, a painter in the south wing of the building during the restoration works. On the ground floor of the structure the renovation works continue while on the upper floors of the hospital work is ongoing on clinical cases.
03.14.2020. In the need to free up space for the creation of new lanes, the beds are piled up inside a room under construction.
03.19.2020. A patient intubated in a bio-containment suit. According to Italian national statistics, over 3600 patients need intensive care treatments.