COVID-19: Considerations for the Future

COVID-19: Considerations for the Future

March 26, 2020 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

COVID-19: Considerations for the Future


any thoughts on future considerations?
well, I think in terms of future considerations, I think when we need to
think about where we are now and where we want to go. during this time — while your
practices may not be in operation or a very reduced activity — think of this as
an opportunity to review your policies and procedures, to do some training with
yourself so they are prepared when it comes time to go back to reintroducing
patients into the practice. it’s time for continuing quality improvement measures.
you have time now to do chart audits; in-office or virtual non-office, in-service
trainings with staff that aren’t present. infection prevention and control
training; OSHA blood-borne pathogen training; HIPPA training — that you can
take advantage of that time to do these things with your staff while you’re not
in full operations. and, then create the plan — your plan for preparations for
reopening — preparing messages for patients, both during this time, so you’re
in touch and in contact with your patients, but also when it’s time for
people to begin making those appointments to come back in for regular
procedures. Eve, did you have anything to add to this? Kathy, I think you know even
just speaking from personal experience — you know going through this […] with
our University and a clinic that you know treats four or five hundred
patients a day,[…] and now can only see, you know, a very few — it’s a time to
reflect on what we wish we’d known or had, or been prepared for, when this
occurred because there’s no guarantee that once this is over something similar
can’t happen again, or that there might be some form of rebound. you know, we just don’t know yet. I think China, with its experience now, of you know, lessening
disease burden and and fewer deaths — in fact I believe they’ve had no deaths now for a couple of days — we’re gonna be able to
see if this disease does have any kind of a rebound. we don’t know if this is a
seasonal infection or disease, or if it’s going to carry through in into you know
different seasons. it doesn’t show any sign of stopping with improved weather
like the flu might. so, I think just reflecting on that, updating your
emergency preparedness protocols — and I think going this through this experience
is going to teach us a lot about that. […]

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