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Stick to Your Plan for Infection Control

Every virus is different, but dealing with them safely remains essentially the same, from year to year. Stick to your plan for infection control. Don’t get thrown off course by the potential misinformation coming through in this fast-changing environment.

  • Review and refresh emergency and outbreak plans.
  • Go over your plans and practice or reinforce uncertain areas.
  • Keep working on the basics of infection prevention.
  • Check your staff’s level of cross training. What would happen if someone had to care for someone in isolation in another department or area of the building?
  • Refresh security practices: Know who’s coming and going in the community. Go over or create new visitor policies for changing circumstances. Establish a single entrance to the community.
  • Evaluate supplies and supply processes. Will you need additional hand sanitizers, disinfectants, gloves, food, or linens to get through an infectious disease event? Do you need personal protective equipment (PPE)? Consult your plan for what you should have on hand and how you can get it. The action of the virus in other countries could cause a supply chain disruption in medical supplies and medicines. Does your plan cover what to do if there’s a supply chain disruption? This could become very important as time goes on, so ask the questions now and take action if you need to. Your local health department is the first place to go for help if you are experiencing shortages. The CDC has a plan in place to mitigate shortages.
  • Review medication management processes for emergencies. For now, pharmacy association representatives are asking that communities follow policy for medications in a congregate care environment, as they would for the flu, such as antibiotic stewardship. They are not recommending stockpiling or excessive purchasing.


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