COVID-19: Healthcare Providers, Hospitals & Laboratories
Hospitals and healthcare providers
- Review policies and procedures for infection prevention and mitigation and make sure all employees follow the appropriate steps.
- Review guidance for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Consider using telemedicine, nurse triage lines and other options to prevent people with mild illnesses from coming to clinics and emergency rooms.
- Ask about travel history for patients presenting with respiratory illnesses and continue working closely with your local health department, DPH, and follow the CDC guidance.
Behavioral health and self-care
- Fear, stigma, depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder followed major infectious disease outbreaks earlier in this century, and all health care providers should be prepared for similar reactions with the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The importance of self-care during stressful times cannot be overestimated and all health providers, including behavioral health providers, are at risk for burnout and secondary trauma.
- Be aware of the behavioral health crisis services that are available.
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