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A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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80 doctors and medical staff at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Hanoi, are working round the clock to save the lives of critical coronavirus patients.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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Inside the ICU, 19 critical patients are given treatment with the support of mechanical ventilation, dialysis, and complex medical procedures.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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The ICU is located on the third floor of the central building of Dong Anh - based Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases. The facility has always been active since the start of the fourth wave on April 27. It is the highest level medical establishment to admit server Covid patients from lower-level ones.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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The frontline medical personnel at the facility has been working relentlessly for months, divided into 4 groups taking turns to cover 3 shifts a day.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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"The hospital has admitted 69 critical Covid-19 patients from lower-leveled medical facilities since the fourth wave. Many of the patients had to be put on ECMO, long-term mechanical ventilation," Dr. Pham Dang Phuc, working at the Department of Intensive Care, said. "There are even pregnant women under our treatment."

Phuc said 29 coronavirus patients at the department had so far been treated and released from the department. "This is a very great source of motivation for us doctors," he added.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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Phuc and his colleagues perform a tracheostomy on a critical patient transferred from Bac Giang province. Such a procedure gives patients better respiratory care.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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Doctors doing the tracheostomy, however, face high risk of exposure to coronavirus, as the virus from the patient's lungs might spread into the air.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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5 doctors and nurses are in charge of taking care of one Covid patient, 24 hours a day.

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A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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Nurse Nguyen Thi Huong has been staying at the hospital for 67 days in a row.

"I'm still single, therefore during rest time, I call my parents so that they can rest assured that I'm safe in here," Huong told Zing.

A Look Into the Department Treating Critical Covid-19 Patients
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They are fully equipped with protective gear during working time. Four healthcare workers smile at the camera after hours of hard work.

Vietnam recorded three more Covid-19 deaths in HCMC Wednesday afternoon, bringing the national coronavirus fatality to 135.

So far, 100 Covid-19 patients have died in the fourth wave.

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