Focus: Infection Control

Hospitals Say They're Now Better Prepared For COVID-19

September 28, 2020

Physicians and leaders at many U.S. hospitals say they are feeling better prepared to respond to a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases, according to an article on the Becker’s Hospital Review website.

Healthcare leaders said they have a better sense of which treatments and supplies are needed and are stockpiling them.

Hospitals also pointed to decreasing death rates and lower intensive care unit patient volumes.

 For example, the death rate for COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan fell from nearly 19 percent in March to 14 percent from June through August, according to the article.

At the same time, an Infection control expert has said she expects that the flu-COVID combination could strain an already stressed healthcare system, according to an article on the Infection Control website.

Read the full Becker’s Hospital Review article.

 

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