Vall d’Hebron University Hospital has been, and still is, one of the reference centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these last months, it has been the hospital with the highest number of hospitalizations in Catalonia related to SARS-CoV-2, and it has also hosted the largest number of patients in its ICU.
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Vall d’Hebron’s COVID-19 Task force
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital has been, and still is, one of the reference centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these last months, it has been the hospital with the highest number of hospitalizations in Catalonia related to SARS-CoV-2, and it has also hosted the largest number of patients in its ICU. In parallel with the enormous challenge the Hospital faced, many COVID-19 research activity has flourished very rapidly. This rapidness and unprecedented environment did not help to efficiently coordinate at multiple levels during the 1st COVID-19 wave, and there is still room for improvement from the following points of view, especially since many of the challenges posed by COVID 19 remained uncontested:
- There has been a huge individual effort but little coordination.
- Horizontal support could have been better.
- Despite that, our researchers have been able to publish more than 80 COVID-19 papers and have been granted with several competitive projects.
- If we get coordinated and well-structured, we could reach even more scientific production and knowledge.
Also, coordination of scientific efforts at institutional level is nothing new. For example, EUHA Hospitals (European University Hospitals Alliance) have been implementing different strategies to coordinate activities and find synergies between their scientific community. VHIR would like to follow their best practices and learn from their experiences and share our findings and advances.
Task force objectives
To organise the governance and way of working into a flexible, agile and well-coordinated structure in order to better respond, from a research point of view, to a 2nd COVID-19 wave and improve the management of the first COVID-19’s wave.
To be the gatekeeper and serve as a general knowledge repository for all COVID-19-related projects.
To optimize and decide by common consensus the best way to use and invest the existing resources.
To promote a collaborative environment that can become the standard way of working in the future.
To avoid duplication of efforts and multiple assignation of individual patients to multiple clinical trials and research projects.
To share crucial knowledge and be more successful in obtaining funding.
To generate knowledge in order to provide guidance for health care authorities and policy makers.
To integrate and make more visible all the COVID-19 research from Vall d’Hebron.
This task Force has the vocation of transcending the walls of Vall d’Hebron and aspires to play a role in and become a model for local, regional and national initiatives.
This Task Force may become the seed for a Research Program in Emerging (Infectious) Diseases