Working with behavioral health patients is a challenge at any time. During an infectious disease outbreak such as COVID-19, the task is magnified by stress, the need for social isolation, infection control needs, and even diminishing supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Whether your hospital is already working toward recovery from a peak load of COVID-19 patients or is still amidst the onslaught and looking for extra space to put beds, remember there will be a second wave of patients in a few months.
Keep on top of preparedness for emerging infectious diseases.
Review your available personal protective equipment (PPE). Keep an open line of communication with your supply partners. Coordinate with other local healthcare organizations and public health coalitions. And consider posting a...
Watch for information on possible changes to medical record, nursing, and patients’ rights standards from The Joint Commission (TJC), HFAP, and other accrediting organizations now that CMS has published a final rule on discharge planning.
Infection control dominated the day’s presentations, which also looked at expectations for sterile compounding, Legionella control, using personal protective equipment, medication management, lowering maternal death rates, and, of course, ligature risk and suicide prevention.