Hospital clinicians are using creative strategies and producing their own equipment to meet the outsized demands of treating patients during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America reports.
Infection preventionists are playing critical roles in the coronavirus response, raising the profile of a profession that will never be viewed quite the same again after having been forged in the crucible of the worst pandemic in a century.
Infection preventionists are preparing for an unknown but widely predicted possibility this fall and winter: a large second wave of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) hitting hospitals amid the 2020-2021 influenza season.
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.
A California-based hospital set up an area in its parking lot to screen for COVID-19. Many people who arrive are low acuity (i.e., looking for a test, showing no signs of the virus, and can be treated in their cars). Still, the facility is prepared to admit high-acuity patients who may need more complex care inside the facility.