Brace Up for the Outbreak- How Healthcare Facilities can prepare for COVID-19

Brace Up for the Outbreak- How Healthcare Facilities can prepare for COVID-19

When it comes to fighting any contagious infections, like the one that has overpowered us today, it is of prime importance to have an adept and skilful management team. It goes without saying that the spread of the novel coronavirus knows no leaps and bounds in our country. It has caused the facility managers across the globe to keep up an emergency preparedness to handle the pandemic. But it has to be kept in mind that it is not only coronavirus troubling us: there are other infectious diseases as well. 

The death toll is rising at a fast pace without any sign of diminishing. Our country alone has over 10000 people affected and it’s still growing. Though coronavirus is not clearly understood yet, there are some flu or the other that takes a heavy toll every year. So it’s crucial that the hospitals and the healthcare facilities are up to date with all the information and knowledge so that be it something as rare as coronavirus or the common flu, it cannot rise to the level of a pandemic. 

Experts’ opinion:

The emergency management team of any facility is undoubtedly adept in communication and informing people in case of any kind of emergency. But this team might not have the knowledge of clinician type and in such instances, having an expert to filter out information is a must. This is particularly true in our country where people could be easily panicked. One of the main expertise of the facility managers is to bring the experts together for developing the critical plans of action and coordinating the response. 

The emergency management team must also assemble more experts of required; for the preparation of guidance, serving the team and distribution of emergency messages. It ensures zero miscommunication when everyone is guided through a single source.

The public can receive information from almost innumerable sources which range from television to social media to the internet. vital that the service providers and the facilities be accurately informed from a single and reliable source. This can only be achieved by providing regular responses and communication and focusing on the distribution of information.

Collaboration is key:

Healthcare providers can understand various infections and diseases and take the necessary precautions. On the other hand, the prehospital providers are habituated with the various levels of protection like A, B, C and D for any kind of chemical emergencies. When these differences are clearly comprehended, miscommunication can be prevented. 

Considering the present scenario ta hand, it takes a good number of days to confirm whether or not someone is affected. When a patient first comes, it is first seen whether the individual has any of the symptoms of the suspected case. If it is suspected that a person has coronavirus, then various lab tests are performed and then the patient is classified as a COVID-19 patient.  Then the facility managers will join the hospital and manage the patient accordingly.

All healthcare facilities, be it drugstore facilities or other clinics, have the primary focus of addressing students with various illnesses. This can be a threat to those patients who can be a subject of infections acquired from hospitals. Healthcare facilities use three kinds of precautions generally: droplet, standard and airborne. There could only be a lesser number of coronavirus cases in India, compared to other countries but common flu is very deadly and widespread. It is therefore very important to keep the experts collaborated and maintain the best practices for struggling with epidemics when the need arises.

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