Patient access department employees have been receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. To avoid staffing shortfalls, leaders have been staggering shifts in case anyone who has received the vaccine experiences side effects that would keep them out of work.
In a move that affects healthcare workers and their patients, the CDC has refined its guidance regarding the length of quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19. Previously, CDC recommendations stated those exposed to someone with the virus should quarantine for 14 days to prevent the potential spread of the disease to others. However, experts have concluded a shorter quarantine period should be safe in most cases.
College case managers work to help students navigate crises, traumas, and other problems that can affect their educational lives. But some have found the COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis that affects more students for longer than any previous emergencies they have helped students manage.
COVID-19 has brought new challenges to discharge planning for elderly and seriously ill patients. Long-term care facilities still are accepting patients, but they will be in quarantine the first 14 days. The case manager should consider the patient’s needs before transfer to the facility.