The spread of the COVID-19 virus has become a pandemic, one which has reached every continent except Antarctica and every American state. It’s never been more important to band together and prepare for the difficult times that lie ahead. With more and more people worldwide being diagnosed every day, it’s essential that we prepare ourselves and our nation for its inevitable spread into our communities.
Our amazing healthcare teams
The United States is home to premium health care facilities and top-notch universities whose primary goal at this time is preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and finding medicinal therapies to stop its overgrowth. However, are we as ready as we can be? Perhaps it’s time to take a look at what we have in place and what needs to be done to ensure the health and safety of our precious families. How are we preparing for the virus outbreak, and can we slow and possibly stop its spread across the United States?
There are a number of steps that can be taken to protect both patients and staff in health care facilities. Taking action now sets us all up for success later when the pandemic comes under control once more. If you are a healthcare facilities manager, workplace professional, or even a patient, your compliance with these protocols is highly suggested for future outbreak control. Take these steps now to improve the health of all:
1. Protect your staff
It is essential that healthcare facility staff remain protected, both personally and professionally, at this time. The importance of nursing malpractice insurance during the pandemic cannot be stressed enough; you’ll need legal measures in place to ensure that you protect your staff from undue legal action if patients are to attempt to retaliate after they receive what they perceive to be medical malpractice or negligence. The staff that know they are protected are likely to work harder and more efficiently, as they know that they are supported by their employers.
2. Screen everyone
As the exact path of the COVID-19 virus is known, it’s essential to conduct screenings of all patients, staff, and visitors who may be entering your facility for signs and symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Taking precautions by wearing proper clothing and sanitizing all equipment being used will ensure that everyone who enters and exits your facility has the best possible conditions for continued health and safety. Testing has become a necessary protocol to help determine more about how the virus spreads and how it progresses as it makes its way through the body. More information leads to greater insight on treatment and prevention.
3. Protect your patients
With a critical need for supplies and space, there is a need to protect our patients as much as our healthcare workers. Follow these tips to effectively manage and treat any and all that come to your clinic:
Stay up to date on the latest measures to treat those with COVID-19
Separate those who have been positively identified as much as possible, and keep them isolated from other patients who are in your facility
Educate the public on symptoms of COVID-19 and encourage those with mild symptoms to stay at home rather than exposing others to illness by coming into your facility to be tested
The need for safety precautions is at an all-time high; facilities must hold to the highest standards of cleanliness, care, and precaution when dealing with patients, staff, and the public in general. In doing so, we can help to reduce and possibly eliminate the spread of COVID-19 and begin to live life once more in good health.