Two key aspects from the CDC’s web page will directly affect all healthcare facilities relative to Emergency Operation Plans (EOP) and the ability to effectively respond to the spread of COVID-19.
- Preparing for a potential surge in patients with respiratory infection, regardless of COVID-19 infection status
- Preparing for potential personal protective equipment supply and staff shortages
Based on communication HFAP has received, the CDC and other government agencies are making concerted efforts to facilitate increased production and distribution of necessary supplies and PPE with an emphasis on availability for healthcare workers and first responders. Updates and communication on all fronts are open and ongoing.
HFAP expects that preparation and specific EOP adjustments by facilities are occurring using the CDC page for clinical and emergency management resources; specifically strategies under “Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities” which address preparing for Community Transmission. The Interim Guidance also includes focused considerations for both Inpatient and Outpatient facilities. Your plan should consider the points under the following CDC recommendations: “Key Goals”, “Actions to take now to prepare for an outbreak of COVID-19,” and “Plan to Take the Following Actions if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.”
HFAP anticipates that your EOP and specific response plan will address the four Key Goals at a minimum.
“Key Goals” for the U.S. healthcare system in response to the COVID-19 outbreak are to:
- Reduce morbidity and mortality
- Minimize disease transmission
- Protect healthcare personnel
- Preserve healthcare system functioning
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.