Portuguese tool highlighted by the World Health Organization to combat COVID-19

It is called Adaptt Surge Planning Support Tool and it is an instrument that will be used globally to plan hospital needs and support the pandemic combat of COVID-19. The tool was developed in Portugal by Glintt in partnership with the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators and with the direct support of the World Health Organization, which has just officially listed it on its website.

As described by the WHO, the Adaptt Surge Planning Support Tool works in an Excel environment and a graphical planning tool, allowing Member States to focus on issues such as the number of beds they need, whether in total, but broken down by moderate cases , severe or critical, which include rapid response teams and external ventilation (including mechanical ventilation, renal function replacement therapy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). In the document it is possible to include the forecast of lack of beds or the necessary human resources.

The WHO stresses that the tool is flexible and can be used by Member States to introduce epidemiological data, different mitigation scenarios and design the necessary measures. Hospital activities and practices, the capacity of hospitals and associated health professionals can also be recorded.

The tool was made available in open source and has been used in tests by several countries in the different WHO regions, with support in four languages ​​at this time: Portuguese, Spanish, English and Russian. This tool was made available to the Portuguese Health Ministry on March 30, maintaining the technical support of Glintt and APAH, as well as its improvement and evolution.