Queensland hospital staff risk lives to save Covid-19 patient

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Hospital workers have been plunged into quarantine after putting themselves at risk to save the life of a Covid-19 patient

The 10 staff members at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland leapt into action to save the patient after they went into anaphylactic shock.

The ABC reports the anaphylactic shock was caused by a reaction to contrast dye used for a scan and several hospital workers risked contracting the virus after they raced against time to save the patient. 

The ten staff members at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital are now in isolation. Source: Google Maps
The ten staff members at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital are now in isolation. Source: Google Maps

The hospital workers who helped save the Covid-19 patient have now been deemed casual or primary contacts and are in isolation.

However the staff members were praised for their quick action and putting the patient first.

"Our staff put their lives at risk to provide life-saving treatment to this patient who is thankfully now in a stable condition in the ward," Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service acting chief executive Andrew McDonald said in a statement.

“The staff are to be commended for all they did to save this patient’s life.”

Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young added the staff followed the correct processes.

"These staff put themselves in harm's way to help a patient in need," she said.

"They put the patient's welfare before their own.

"Staff were required to act quickly and may not have been able to maintain full infection control while attending to the emergency."

Nobody else at the hospital is at risk of Covid-19 as a result of the incident and Mr McDonald said the areas involved had been sanitised. 

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