Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare
Pathway Health is sponsoring this upcoming webinar that may be “right up your alley”.
COVID-19 in Nursing Homes: Calming the Perfect Storm
September 18, 2020 … 12:30 pm -1:30 pm EDT
Register here for this complimentary webinar. (I’ve got my seat!)
The pandemic of viral infection with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 disease has put the nursing home industry in crisis. The combination of a vulnerable population that manifests nonspecific and atypical presentations of COVID-19, staffing shortages due to viral infection, inadequate resources for and availability of rapid, accurate testing and personal protective equipment, and lack of effective treatments for COVID-19 among nursing home residents have created a “perfect storm”.
As society reopens and more asymptomatic spread of the virus occurs, nursing homes are like a tinderbox – it only takes one person to start a fire that could cause many deaths in a single facility. Several public health interventions and health policy strategies, adequate resources, and focused clinical quality improvement initiatives can help calm the storm. The saddest part of this perfect storm is that many years of inaction on the part of policymakers contributed to its impact. We now have an opportunity to improve nursing homes to protect residents and their caregivers ahead of the next storm.
- List the elements of the “perfect storm” of COVID-19 in nursing homes
- Identify multifaceted approaches to calming the perfect storm
- Articulate how lessons from the pandemic can help shape nursing home care in the future
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