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Under this MOU, SATA CommHealth will take on direct referrals from TTSH's home care initiatives namely its Post-Acute Care at Home (PACH) and Virtual Hospital (VH), where patients have had their acute medical conditions well stabilised but still require long-term care at home for their gradual recovery and chronic medical conditions.
Dr K Thomas Abraham, Chief Executive Officer of SATA CommHealth, commented: “Collaborating with TTSH has yielded many success stories in patient care.
On February 25, the visitor developed a fever with a dry cough and, on March 1, was hospitalized on Ward 5A of TTSH with a patchy infiltrate on chest radiograph.
A nurse aged 27 years, who had attended to Case 1 on TTSH Ward 5A, became ill on March 7 and was admitted to Ward 8A on March 10 with fever and sore throat.
Co-developed by Dr Masafumi Inoue, a Senior Research Scientist and Project Director of Technology Development from ETC and Dr Timothy Barkham, a senior consultant of Laboratory Medicine from TTSH, this newly launched H5N1 test kit has been clinically validated by several hospitals in Southeast Asia.
Medical: Karen Sui Geok Chua, MD (PI) (TTSH), Beng Ti Ang, MD (co-PI) (NNI)
TTSH is an acute-care hospital in Singapore with 1,100 beds and [approximately equal to] 6,000 healthcare workers; it has a designated center, the Communicable Disease Centre, for management of outbreaks of emerging infections.
From April 27 through June 27, 2009 (epidemiologic week 25), 152 persons with confirmed pandemic (H1N1) 2009 were admitted to TTSH. Of the 152 patients, 116 met the definitions for having an imported, travel-associated case; the rest either did not have a history of travel or had onset of symptoms >10 days after their travel ended.
Travelers returning from affected countries to Singapore with acute febrile respiratory illness were screened at the TTSH emergency department, the designated screening center for pandemic (H1N1) 2009.
Case-patients and controls were selected from patients hospitalized at TTSH from January 1 through December 31, 2004.
The outbreak in TTSH spread to two other tertiary hospitals (Singapore General Hospital [SGH], and National University Hospital [NUH]) despite initial containment efforts (Figure 1).
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