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The CDC recently updated guidance for healthcare personnel with confirmed COVID-19 infection or who have a suspected COVID-19 infection but were never tested for COVID-19. The below guidance pulled from the CDC website provides a summary of changes as of July 17, 2020:
- Except for rare situations, a test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to allow HCP to return to work.
- For HCP with severe to critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised, the recommended duration for work exclusion was extended to 20 days after symptom onset (or, for asymptomatic severely immunocompromised HCP, 20 days after their initial positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test).
- Other symptom-based criteria were modified as follows:
- Changed from “at least 72 hours” to “at least 24 hours” have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Changed from “improvement in respiratory symptoms” to “improvement in symptoms” to address expanding list of symptoms associated with VCOVID-19.
A summary of current evidence and rationale for these changes is described in the CDC memo.
Healthcare has been on a modernization path for many years. At Zebra Technologies, we’ve worked with hospitals, clinics and ambulatory surgery centers globally for decades to help them digitalize workflows by providing tracking, tracing and collaboration solutions. While some facilities move faster than others, most have made significant progress in achieving their technology utilization goals. Our company’s 2019 “Intelligent Enterprise Index” indicated 17% of organizations self-identify as fully “intelligent enterprises,” and another 61% claim they’re well on the path to becoming intelligent through the use of advanced technologies.
If you’re implementing total joint replacements in your ASC, consider contracting with a home health agency. Not all patients will need additional post-operative care, but some might. Establishing a home health relationship up front will be beneficial to patients and your facility alike. Also, remember to establish a relationship with a physical therapy services provider.
Source: Becker’s ASC Review
COVID-19 forced most healthcare institutions to offer more telehealth services. Now that patients have a taste for home-based care, they will expect more of such services in the future. In essence, COVID-19 has pushed the idea of a healthcare system built on consumerism to the forefront of the discussion in medical circles. Here are four ways COVID-19 is having an impact on healthcare and a glimpse of what the future may hold for patients and practitioners.
Source: Multi-briefs: Exclusive