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COVID-19: IHI tool helps to identify gaps in patient surge preparedness

If COVID-19 cases are rising in your area again and you’re seeking a fresh look at your pandemic response plan, download the free patient surge preparedness checklist by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

IHI also has just released a set of recommendations titled “ ‘Psychological PPE:’ Promote Health Care Workforce Mental Health and Well-Being.” (For more, see sidebar.)

IHI’s “Hospital Preparedness for a COVID-19 Surge: Assessment Tool” offers a nine-page checklist of evidence-based items it has boiled down from resources and lessons learned from organizations such as CMS, the CDC, the American Hospital Association, the American Society for Health Care Engineering, Doctors Without Borders, and the New York state and Massachusetts departments of health, as well as a variety of hospitals and health systems from Boston to Texas.

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