Dr. Evgeny Solomonov is Chief of General and Hepato-Biliary Surgery Department at ZIV Medical Center in Israel, one of the pioneers of robotic surgery and an executive member of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association.
Spațiul Medical: How prepared are the hospitals in Israel for the current crisis?
Dr. Evgeny Solomonov: The situation is fragile because of Coronavirus epidemics. The Hospital is prepared for the situation where everything is possible. There are separate departments opened, patients diagnosed with Coronavirus are already cared, all in good condition. A few beds are ready to accept patients with possible needs for ventilatory support.
In wards, the Hospital teams are instructed to reduce surgeries as much as possible. Only urgent and oncological cases (also selectively) are allowed for surgery. Meetings are restricted up to 8 people in the hall and radiological meetings are processed virtually, using applications like Zoom.
Spațiul Medical: How has your country responded so far to the coronavirus epidemic?
Dr. Evgeny Solomonov: Managers are taking organisational measures in order to reduce activities which are not essential to protect the population and our teams.
It is too early to make conclusions, but it seems that the government takes this situation very seriously.We are a very optimistic and peaceful nation and sure that we win this battle if we will connect not only in Israel but also internationally.
Dr. Evgeny Solomonov participated as Guest and Speaker at Romanian Hospitals Convention – ROHO 2018. The fifth ROHO edition will take place on September 24 and 25, 2020, in Bucharest.