Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was one of the main demands received by the program. Up until now, 15,845 million PPE units have been purchased for 150 cities, an investment of R$ 52.1 million. Products include aprons (impermeable and nonwoven fabric), surgical gloves, vinyl medical gloves, impermeable scrubs, surgical masks, N95 masks or PFF2s, disposable foot covers, facial protection/visors and surgical head covers.
Up until now, the program has managed to reserve 265 ventilators. In approximately 30 days, these devices will be shipped, as well as ICU beds, clinical beds, and other hospital devices.
Through Distance Education, and supported by Albert Einstein Hospital tools, USP (University of Sao Paulo) Medical School and the Moinhos de Vento Institute, a team will provide free training on how to handle hospital beds for health professionals that wish to learn.
The program also includes the construction of two modular hospitals: at Ceilândia, in the Federal District, and at Porto Velho, in Rondônia. The projects will be under the management of Brasil ao Cubo, which is responsible for the M’Boi Mirim modular hospitals in Sao Paulo (SP), and in Porto Alegre (RS). The average deadline for delivering the installations is approximately 30 to 45 days. The structures are handed over to the state governments ready to be used, with all equipment installed. The inspiration for this structure model comes from the Chinese city of Wuhan, epicenter of the pandemic, which delivered a hospital with 1500 beds in 10 days.
Unlike campaign hospitals, modular hospitals will be permanent assets that will serve the population even after the covid-19 pandemic has ended.
One of the premises for releasing the project is to demonstrate the state’s management capability, so that the service is maintained. The option to build modular hospitals as an annex to institutions that already exist leverages the entire structure, increasing the capacity to provide assistance and service.
In general, the lack of equipment to provide treatment for the most severe cases of Covid-19 is one of the main problems in states and cities canvassed by JBS. To meet the demand, the Company has so far invested R$ 72.9 million in the acquisition of hospital equipment.
Among the most requested items are multiparameter monitors, one of the main hospital items of equipment for life support. More commonly known as vital signs monitors, these devices show medical teams, in real time, the health conditions of the patient. This allows doctors to make quick and assertive treatment decisions.
Besides heart rate, multiparameter monitors measure the patient’s respiratory rate and oximetry – the quantity of oxygen in the blood. Up until now, JBS has allocated R$ 26.6 million for the acquisition of these devices, to be delivered to 14 states of all regions in the country
Another highly requested item are infusion pumps, used to administer intravenous medication, like sedatives. 460 pumps were acquired whose use in the ICU is important because it allows the prescribed dosage to be precisely administered. The investment in these devices amounts to R$ 6.9 million.
Completing the requests list are secretion suction machines, clinical beds, ICU beds, defibrillators, gurneys, oximeters, digital thermometers, stethoscopes, CT scanners, x-ray machines, portable ultrasound machines and ECG machines with trolleys. The company is also providing 47 ambulances.
Beside the machines, JBS will deliver complete ICU and infirmary clinical beds. The former consists of infusion pumps, multiparameter monitors, monitoring hubs, beds with mattress, ventilators, and defibrillators. The clinical beds will have mattresses, gurneys with mattresses, multiparameter monitors, ECG machines, trolleys with trays for defibrillators and thermometers. 509 beds have been purchased so far, including both types, worth R$ 53.6 million.
One type of input has been particularly useful in the response of public health and social emergencies: hygiene and cleaning products. Donated to both underprivileged families and hospitals, these materials help prevent the dissemination of the coronavirus. More than 400 thousand bottles of isopropyl alcohol, gel alcohol, bleach, liquid soap, and disinfectant for hospitals are being acquired by JBS for donation.
We will also donate 407 thousand fabric masks for 18 cities, encouraging the population to follow the rules when fighting the disease and contributing to the local economy, since in respect of this the company has chosen to work with local suppliers from the regions where assistance is being provided.
In line with the necessities of the localities consulted, the help provided by JBS is not restricted to material items. The Company has donated to the state of Sao Paulo, for example, the services of 40 pulmonary physiotherapists who will assist patients at the Hospital das Clinicas of the University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP). The physiotherapists are responsible for monitoring and operating the ventilators, which are fundamental devices in severe cases of infection by the new coronavirus
The cost of hiring these professionals was paid for by JBS, and they will work at the Central Institute (ICHC), which exclusively admits patients who have tested positive for Covid-19. The largest public hospital in Latin America, the USP Hospital das Clinicas has built an exclusive unit for treating infected people, with 900 beds, 300 of which are for the ICU. In May, the institute reached the milestone of 1000 discharged patients.
Another example: JBS has chartered a plane to bring to Brazil equipment and medication from China to another capital in the South East.
In Salvador (BA), the Company will donate to cover the costs for part of the construction of the second tent of the city’s campaign hospital. The structure will have 100 beds to admit patients who have tested positive for Covid-19.
JBS also pledged R$ 1 million in the renovation of a new ICU wing at the Santa Casa de Lins Hospital Association, in the interior of Sao Paulo’s The hospital will receive 30 new beds, furniture, new bed sheets, and towels, among other items.
Also worthy of note is the JBS initiative in Mato Grosso do Sul. At Dourados, the Company will invest R$ 140 thousand in the renovation of the Undernourished Children’s Recovery Center, known as Centrinho, aimed at treating indigenous children. Maintained by the Caiua Evangelical Mission, the hospital currently has 74 beds certified by the Single Health System (SUS), to assist in the areas of clinical medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics. Another R$ 60 thousand will be donated for the acquisition of hospital equipment for the institution.