Nosocomial Infections and Coronavirus: What We Know Now — Part II

COVID-19 may be peaking in some regions, but the pandemic is far from over. Unfortunately, in the midst of social distancing efforts, spread continues to occur at a variety of clinics and hospitals.

In the first part of our series on the nosocomial transmission of coronavirus, we examined the possibility for the disease’s takeover within medical settings. Next, we’ll highlight top risk factors, as well as the crucial steps health care facilities are taking to halt the spread of this dangerous disease.

The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment

It’s no secret that today’s health care facilities face alarming shortages. Protective equipment, in particular, is virtually impossible to find. Many doctors and nurses are forced to wear the same masks repeatedly. Others resort to protective gear that fails to meet basic standards. This leaves both their patients and fellow health care workers vulnerable.

Thankfully, several organizations are stepping up to produce the protective equipment that is so desperately needed within medical facilities. 3M, for example, committed to producing a greater volume of its in-demand masks. Likewise, Medtronic shared design specifications for its ventilators to promote accelerated production.

How the Medical Community Is Limiting the Spread

If there’s a silver lining to the warranted alarm surrounding COVID-19’s status as a nosocomial issue, it’s that the medical community is well aware of the need for stringent precautions — and that several protective measures are already in place at top facilities across the nation. Key efforts currently making a difference include:

  • Postponing elective procedures.
  • Avoiding non-essential visits and replacing with telemedicine services when necessary.
  • Limiting or banning visitors.
  • Gathering information about symptoms before patients enter hospitals or clinics.

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