March 12, 2020 Memo
To our Valued Facility Clients,
We understand as a frontline healthcare professional these times are stressful. We are here for you, will continue to serve you in fulfilling your shift needs and propelling your mission of delivering end-patient safety. As another measure of showing we care, we also wanted to send along 10 steps you can take in risk mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We hope you find these resourceful.
- Monitor your staff and visitors for following hand washing or use of alcohol hand gels
- Review your contact isolation procedures and make sure staff follows them consistently
- Review plans for cohorting residents in the same room or wing who become sick to prevent the spread to other residents and staff, should the outbreak continue to grow
- Remind staff, contractors, volunteers to stay home if they are sick.
- Post notices for visitors who are sick to stop visiting and work with families on alternate ways to visit their family members, like Skype, phone calls and email. Check with the local health department if they are recommending more restrictive criteria for visitations.
- Stay in close contact with your local and state health department.
- Monitor the CDC COVID-19 website for the latest information on Coronavirus prevention strategies, testing guidance and recommendations for health care workers.
- Make sure your infection preventionist signs up for health department announcements as well as CDC announcements
- In the event of a shortage of respiratory protection masks or other personal protective equipment needs, please contact your state and local health departments.
- Use alternatives to N95 respirators, such as facemasks where feasible. Prioritize the use of N95 respirators for those with the highest risk of acquiring infection and expecting complications from infections.
We can't say it enough, thank you for gathering together your emergency readiness plan and being "on top of your game" during this time. It is an honor to serve you.