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COVID-19 Emergency Response

India's COVID-19 Crisis

India is suffering a COVID-driven humanitarian and healthcare crisis. New infections across the country have reached more than 400,000 cases in a single day—a global record. 

This second surge of COVID cases – which began in the northern part of India – is now pushing its way rapidly toward the southern part of the country where the Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC) is located. At this moment, CMC is already beyond capacity in its ability to care for its COVID patients and has been increasing its bed capacity every day. 

CMC Follows Government's Lead in its Response to COVID-19 Pandemic​

CMC is presently managing more than 1,500 patients, including close to 400 patients through a  “monitored home isolation” program. As cases continue to increase – and with a peak still weeks away – CMC is rapidly building up its COVID treatment capacity by increasing the number of beds for COVID-19 patient care to 1,500, expanding its at-home monitoring program, collaborating with the Indian government on a streamlined approach to distribute resources, and caring for the most vulnerable and under-resourced patients. 

As of May 14th, the total COVID bed strength is 1,051, including 97 ICU beds. The immediate directive is to increase ICU capacity by 50 beds, 24 of which will be opened at the new Kannigapuram Campus. A list of equipment and associated costs are provided below: 

ICU BED NEEDS

The most urgent need at this time is the installation of an additional fifty (50) Intensive Care Unit (IUC) beds, properly equipped with ventilators, syringe and feeding pumps, monitors, ECGs, and ultrasound machines.  Currently, the number of patients with severe cases of COVID is increasing rapidly, so the need for a greater number of ICU beds from which to provide proper treatment is of vital importance.

NEEDED:
- 50 Ventilators: $20,000 each
- 50 Patient monitors: $5,000 each
- 1 ECG Machine: $2,500 each
- 50 Infusion pumps: $600 each
- 50 Feeding pumps: $600 each
- 3 Ultrasound machines: $2,800 each

LIVE-SAVING EQUIPMENT

To care for ‘Level 2’ COVID patients who have difficulty breathing, but do not need full ventilation in the ICU, we need BiPap (Bi-level positive airway pressure) machines.  This supports the patient, taking the load so they don’t become exhausted as they struggle to breathe.

In case of shortages in the supply of oxygen, we will need to prioritize the patients on full ventilation.  We can use portable bedside oxygen concentrators to provide oxygen to help people supported by the BiPap machines.

NEEDED:
- 30 BiPap: $3,375 each
- 200 Oxygen Concentrators: $1,290 each
- 500 Suction Apparatus: $37 each
- 800 Oxygen flowmeters: $15 each

HELP PROTECT HEALTHCARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES

Our key strategy to ‘flatten the curve’ and bring the current surge under control is to break the chain of transmission.  CMC aims to do this by the use of good personal protective equipment, and rigorous protocols to reduce unnecessary physical contact.  All staff are issued with surgical masks every day.  Those working in high-risk areas, or performing hazardous procedures, need N95 masks, face shields, and full bio-suits.

NEEDED:
- Full gowns: $2,500 per week
- N95 Masks: $7,000 per week
- 3 Ply face masks: $4,000 per week

ICU BED NEEDS

The most urgent need at this time is the installation of an additional forty-eight (48) Intensive Care Unit (IUC) beds, properly equipped with ventilators, syringe and feeding pumps, monitors, ECGs, and ultrasound machines.  Currently, the number of patients with severe cases of COVID in increasing rapidly, so the need for a greater number of ICU beds from which to provide proper treatment is of vital importance.

NEEDED:
-48 Ventilators: $20,000 each
-48 Patient monitors: $5,000 each
-1 ECG Machine: $2,500 each
-48 Infusion pumps: $600 each
-48 Feeding pumps: $600 each
-3 Ultrasound machines: $2,800 each

LIVE-SAVING EQUIPMENT

To care for ‘Level 2’ COVID patients who have difficulty breathing, but do not need full ventilation in the ICU, we need BiPap (Bi-level positive airway pressure) machines.  These use compressed air with supplemental oxygen to a face mask.  This supports the patient, taking the load so they don’t become exhausted as they struggle to breathe.
In case of shortages in the supply of oxygen, we will need to prioritize the patients on full ventilation.  We can use portable bedside oxygen concentrators to provide oxygen to help people supported by the BiPap machines.

NEEDED:
-30 BiPap: $3,375 each
-200 Oxygen Concentrator: $1,290 each
-500 Suction Apparatus: $37 each
-800 Oxygen flowmeters: $15 each

HELP PROTECT HEALTHCARE WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINES

Our key strategy to ‘flatten the curve’ and bring the current surge under control is to break the chain of transmission.  CMC aims to do this by the use of good personal protective equipment, and rigorous protocols to reduce unnecessary physical contact.  All staff are issued with surgical masks every day.  Those working in high-risk areas, or performing hazardous procedures, need N95 masks, face shields, and full bio-suits.

NEEDED:
-Full gowns: $2,500 per week
-N95 Masks: $7,000 per week
-3 Ply face masks: $4,000 per week

We Have the Opportunity Today to Save Lives and Help Avert a Major Disaster!

We have an ambitious and unprecedented goal of raising $1.25 million (by the end of this month) for CMC through this second surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every dollar donated will go directly to CMC towards the purchasing of necessary medical equipment including ventilators, pulse oximeters, oxygen concentrators, and BIPAP machines, and to purchase PPE to protect healthcare workers as they care for patients.

As India’s largest and finest private charity hospital, CMC is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the 34 million people living in the rural and urban communities that surround CMC and its various outreach facilities – doing so without regard to a person’s ability to pay. 

100% of your donation will support CMC's COVID-19 emergency response initiative!

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