Testing Site Opens in Front of Xizhi District Office 汐止增社區篩檢站 日增600採檢量能

A testing site has been set up in front of the Xizhi District Office, with a testing capacity of 600 people a day.


This community testing site isn't even open yet, but a long line of people has already formed. This PCR testing site is located in the plaza in front of the Xizhi District Office in New Taipei City, and is operated by Tri-Service General Hospital.

Wang Chih-hung, Superintendent, Tri-Service General Hospital: “Our plan calls for two lines. Each line will be able to conduct 150 tests in the morning and 150 tests in the afternoon. In other words, the daily testing capacity is 600, and reservations are required.”

Tri-Service General Hospital is the latest medical facility to respond to the surge in demand for testing. Medical personnel at grassroots clinics are also offering their support. The Taiwan Medical Association issued a call for members in Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung, and Taoyuan to help out at New Taipei City's various testing sites inside communities and at hospitals so that hospitals will be able to maintain their medical treatment capacity.

Chiu Tai-yuan, President, Taiwan Medical Association: “We believe that the capacity at hospitals right now is stretched to the limit. If they get any more patients, they might not be able to treat them. We never want to see this happen.”

Yen Hung-shun, President, New Taipei City Medical Association: “Sometimes colleagues might develop symptoms, but may still go to work in discomfort because they don't want to increase the burden on other colleagues in caring for the public.”

The worsening epidemic situation has overwhelmed medical personnel, and reducing the number of moderate to severe cases and the mortality rate is a big challenge. Some experts say what is needed is triaging asymptomatic or mild cases.

Chen Hsiu-hsi, Professor, College of Public Health, NTU: “If this disease can become like the flu, then it won't need to be in Category 5 and we can regard it using the spirit of Category 1. This will allow our medical treatment capacity to recover quickly.”

Experts say the responsibility for testing should be gradually shifted from medical institutions to people. Precise rapid tests will give people the ability to monitor their own health and allow medical personnel to focus on treating moderate and severe cases and high-risk groups, which in turn will allow the medical treatment capacity to return to normal.

 

 

 

新北市汐止區行政大樓前廣場加開的社區篩檢站,由三軍總醫院負責,提供民眾PCR採檢,還不到開始時間已經湧現人潮,排出一條人龍。

三軍總醫院院長王智弘解釋:「預計是預劃兩線,每一線一個上午、一個下午,都可以進行150人次。換言之,一天下來量能是600人次,採用的是預約制。」

不只三總協助採檢,還會有基層診所醫護人力投入支援。PCR採檢需求居高不下,醫師公會全聯會號召北北基桃上百名基層同仁,加入新北各處社篩站及醫院的篩檢行列,緩解醫院已經緊縮的醫療量能。

中華民國醫師公會全聯會理事長邱泰源表示:「我們相信,現在的醫院(量能)都很緊繃了,如果病人再多 是不是會很難承擔,這個我們總是不要讓它發生嘛!」新北市醫師公會理事長顏鴻順也說,「同仁之間,有時候自己稍微有點症狀,他或許顧及到其他同仁上班的辛苦,民眾的照護,有時候真的是還是忍著病痛在上班。」

因為新冠疫情,前線醫療人力吃緊,要如何降低中重症以及死亡率,成了一大考驗。有專家表示,要設法調整輕症、無症狀的相關醫療量能分配。

台大公衛學院教授陳秀熙認為:「如果今天這個疾病可以流感化,我們不再會用第五類,依據第一類傳染病的精神來看待這件事情的話,那我們的醫療能源才能夠很快地,恢復到我們正常的醫療能量。」

陳秀熙建議,篩檢作業要從醫療機構慢慢轉到民眾身上,透過精準快篩,給予個人監測能力,讓醫護把人力花在中重症,甚至脆弱族群上,也讓醫療量能回歸正常。

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