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COVID-19 is a new coronavirus, which means that no-one has a natural immunity to it. This virus has spread worldwide, leading the WHO to label it a pandemic. Worldwide millions of people are advised to stay at home to minimize transmission of coronavirus. However, healthcare providers need to visit clinics and hospitals, putting themselves at high risk of COVID-2019. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How to Keep HealthCare Providers Protected From COVID-19?


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  • How to Keep HealthCare Providers Protected From
    COVID-19?

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How to Keep HealthCare Providers Protected From
COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new coronavirus, which means that
no-one has a natural immunity to it. This virus
has spread worldwide, leading the WHO to label it
a pandemic. Worldwide millions of people are
advised to stay at home to minimize transmission
of coronavirus. However, healthcare providers
need to visit clinics and hospitals, putting
themselves at high risk of COVID-2019. Healthcare
providers in the US are struggling to protect
themselves from COVID-19 while helping COVID-19
patients due to the rapid coronavirus spread.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a key
concern for healthcare providers to safeguard
themselves from exposure to COVID-19. However,
PPE shortages have been described in the most
affected facilities. Some healthcare providers
are waiting for equipment while already treating
patients who may be infected or using types of
equipment which are failed to meet requirements.
For instance, according to New York governor
Andrew Cuomo around 30,000 ventilators were
required for proper care in the states
outbreak. These healthcare providers are
operating with a maximum capacity for many months
and it is difficult for them to operate with the
same capacity over a long period. Hence safety of
health-care providers must be ensured by
governments.
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How to Keep HealthCare Providers Protected From
COVID-19?
Presently healthcare providers are the most
valuable resource for every country and various
measures such as the adequate provision of PPE,
canceling non-essential events to prioritize
resources, provision of food, rest, and family
support and psychological support. The federal
government can help in improving the visibility,
distribution, and need-based access to healthcare
equipment. Healthcare systems are facing the PPE
crisis now, the ventilator crisis could be next,
and shortages of other related supplies and
medicines may follow soon. An inventory tracking
system is useful in the current crisis as these
systems can keep track of all working and
repairable ventilators, ventilator tubing and
other essential supplies such as endotracheal
tubes. Apart from the government contribution,
the healthcare providers should perform hand
hygiene before and after contact with all
patient, contact with potentially infectious
material, before putting on and upon removal of
PPE, including gloves, perform environmental
cleaning and disinfection, and In the case of
unprotected exposure to a confirmed or possible
COVID-19 patient, the healthcare worker must
contact a supervisor or occupational health
immediately. The whole world must act in the
most coordinated, efficient way possible as the
confidence and lives of the healthcare providers
are at stake and they are at the front line of
this outbreak response.
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