Emergency Preparedness Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
As U.S. hospitals are still grappling with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, facility leaders must begin their also strategize the re-opening of their hospitals.
Preparing for OR and Surgery Center Productivity
Fastaff and U.S. Nursing CEO Bart Valdez explains how speed and flexibility of Rapid Response® travel nurses will help healthcare systems reach full capacity when reopening operating rooms and surgery centers.
Watch our Emergency Preparedness – COVID-19 Staffing Planning Webinar
Hosted by Fastaff’s Chief Administration Officer, Kim Windsor, DHA, MSN, MBA, RN
Preparing for a public health emergency can be complicated, but achievable when you partner with Fastaff Travel Nursing. Fastaff sends experienced, critical care RNs in ten days or less during emergencies. During past outbreaks, hurricanes and flu spikes, Fastaff has had nurses on the ground in 24-48 hours.
Downloadable materials for hospitals:
Common workplace questions about the coronavirus
Public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. We all play a role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, and it starts with putting simple procedures in place. Print out these below frequently asked questions to share with your employees.
What are the coronavirus symptoms?
The symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. They present similar to other viral infections, like influenza. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, even causing death.
When is someone infectious with COVID-19?
The onset and duration of viral shedding and period of infectiousness is not yet known. Looking at similar viruses, like SARS-CoV-2 RNS, it may be detectable in the upper or lower respiratory tract for weeks after illness onset. The CDC currently believe the incubation period may range from 2-14 days.
How should healthcare personnel protect themselves when evaluating a patient who may have COVID-19?
Here is what the CDC recommends - Although the transmission dynamics have yet to be determined, a cautious approach to persons under investigation for the coronavirus is recommended. Healthcare professionals should use Standard Precautions, Contact Precautions, Airborne Precautions, and use eye protection when providing care for patients with confirmed COVID-19.
How should COVID-19 be treated?
There are currently no antiviral drugs licensed by the FDA to treat COVID-19. Clinical management for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is focused on supportive care of complications, including advanced organ support for respiratory failure, septic shock, and multi-organ failure. It should also be noted that not all patients with COVID-19 will require medical supportive care.
Can people who recover from COVID-19 be infected again?
The immune response is currently not understood. Looking at similar strains, like MERS-CoV, patients were unlikely to be re-infected. But it is not yet known if a similar immune response will exist with COVID-19.
What else can workplaces do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
Even if COVID-19 is not in your community, employers should start prevention tactics now.
- Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic. Wipe down surfaces and objects frequently with a disinfectant.
- Promote regular and thorough handwashing, and make sure all staff, contractors and patients have access to the handwashing areas.
- Put up hand sanitizer stations in prominent places around the workplace, and make sure they are regularly filled.
As a rapid response nurse travel staffing agency, the health and safety of our nurses and their patients is our number one priority. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Clinical Service division at 1-800-736-8773.