Health systems nationwide are already experiencing or preparing for a surge in patients stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than adding to the information overload, I want to share the general guidance and safety checklist we’ve created for our more than 4,100 Vituity providers nationwide.
This checklist is geared toward emergency clinicians but appropriate for anyone with patient contact. As always, stay alert for specific direction from your medical director, health system, or local public health authorities.
(Updated April 16, 2020)
COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, and many of these recommendations will likely change. To stay up to date, refer to CDC guidance for healthcare professionals. Be sure to wear gloves, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and use masks for all patient encounters!
Reading this checklist may be sobering. Know that the hard work you are doing under tough circumstances to care for patients truly makes a difference. We all chose a medical career to relieve suffering and bring healing to our communities. For our profession, this unprecedented time can also represent our finest hour.