One hospital has asked workers to consider shaving their beards.
What happened to 11 healthcare workers who, without proper PPE, treated patients confirmed to have COVID-19. Answer? Nothing. That is, they did not contract the disease.
A CNN commentator made the alarmist statement that we may get to the point where the national guard is escorting patients to a high school gym for placement on ventilators. This is of course a ridiculously misinformed statement since we do not have enough ventilators.
Drastic measures, such as quarantines, seem to have helped China slow the rate of outbreaks.
Since healthcare's response to COVID-19 will likely not end soon, it is important to consider ways to help make the work processes easier and enhance communication.
Infection preventionists may be involved in performing risk assessments of asymptomatic healthcare workers who have had exposure to patients with COVID-19.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, in Paramus, New Jersey, expanded its telehealth services to deal with COVID-19 and prominently displays information about telehealth on its website.
National Nurses United wants hospitals to establish protocols in which nurses are immediately notified when a patient who might have COVID-19 is admitted.
Since deaths are infrequent in healthy individuals under the age of 40, it may be an effective strategy to assign younger healthcare workers to COVID-19 care responsibilities.
Thanks to a reduction of imported PPE, 36% of hospital respondents expect large-scale PPE shortages, while 54% have imposed PPE conservation protocols.