Focus on testing, securing PPE, and scheduling OR time
May 29, 2020
As the United States prepares for the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, surgery leaders should do what they can to protect their patients, staff, and business. This includes rigorous screening and testing, as well as a dedicated effort to restock essential critical personal protective equipment.
After studying the association of public health interventions with the epidemiological features of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, the authors found nonpharmaceutical interventions may be associated with better outbreak control.
Infection prevention likely will be a higher priority activity and quality improvement project for surgery centers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to flare over the next year. There are various resources leaders should consider to help in these endeavors.
The idea that the Ebola virus may mutate and become transmissible through the air continues to be pushed to the margins of the public health discussion, now all but relegated to the nightmares of a panicked public.