As human research protection programs and IRBs enter the next leg of the COVID-19 pandemic, they can draw on experience to find the best balance between safety and efficiency. Each institution and IRB will face its own challenges. But one of the more common challenges as the United States copes with more than eight months of the crisis is pandemic fatigue and burnout.
Although there is broad concern about the rapid pace and oversight of COVID-19 vaccine development, infection preventionists are ready to trust the time-honored protocols and process for safety and efficacy.
With healthcare organizations making so much use of telehealth now, how does one assess the quality of care provided through this technology? How can one ensure the facility is in compliance with the relevant requirements for coding and reimbursement?
Recent research suggests domestic violence may be increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Family planning clinics will need creative techniques to screen for signs as many visits continue through telehealth.
The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) was developed by safety and quality researchers at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. CUSP was developed to improve patient safety by providing tools and support for caregivers that can help them identify and address hazards.
EDs are using telehealth for screening visits before arrival or for follow-up re-evaluations on COVID-19-positive patients. It is important to know what can be excluded safely in a telemedicine consult, and what requires urgent and/or emergent in-person follow-up.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put healthcare workers in the spotlight, highlighting their heroism in the face of disease, severe illness, and death. Case managers are among the unsung heroes of the crisis, as they work to keep patients safe during transitions — sometimes in the face of daunting challenges.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated it will prioritize investigations of complaints, referrals, fatalities, and hospitalizations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means risk managers should prepare to respond effectively to employee complaints or OSHA queries.