Serving patients in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) is a highly rewarding endeavor for all involved—yet, it’s challenging even under the best of circumstances. Today, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, its impact on SNFs of every size and scope cannot be understated. During this time, infection prevention and control efforts are more important than ever—and having adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand is vital. After all, PPE plays a big role in keeping residents and nursing staff safe. Without it, or with inadequate PPE, safety is put at risk.
Unfortunately, facilities around the country continue to face acute PPE shortages, and there appears to be no end in sight. According to a recent McKnight’s Long-Term Care News flash survey, “…more than 77% of respondents said their facilities were experiencing personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages. Nearly 3 in 5 (59%) said their locations were using homemade or improvised PPE, or reusing it. Masks, gowns, gloves and shoe covers are just some of the infection control products falling under the PPE label.”
PPE shortages are real, at least for the foreseeable future. So, what should your facility be doing to help ensure adequate stocks of PPE in the months ahead?
Consider six strategies:
Most industry experts agree that until an effective vaccine is widely available, COVID-19 could be active for another 12-18 months. Yes, PPE is in short supply, and it likely will be in the months ahead. But that doesn’t mean it’s not completely out of reach. Rather, it’s up to you and your staff to take the reins and be proactive in securing it through well-conceived and implemented avenues. The time to act is now.
To aid you in promoting infection prevention and control and other issues surrounding COVID-19, we have developed a COVID-19 Resource Center for skilled nursing facilities which will be regularly updated with the latest information.
Contact Richter’s Skilled Nursing Facility Consultants
Do you have questions about procuring PPE for your skilled nursing facility, or other LTPAC clinical challenges? Call Richter’s skilled nursing facility consultants at 866-806-0799 to schedule a free consultation.
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