The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the healthcare industry. The HQI team firmly believes that best practices, no matter how small, can improve care while making healthcare workers’ lives a little easier.
Following are some ideas we’ve collected from nursing homes across our region – consider adapting them to your situation or find inspiration to spark a new idea to solve an issue your team is facing.
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Personal Protective Equipment
- Adopt a simple “mask up” phrase or jingle that staff can use to remind residents to wear masks when in common areas. Hold a contest or invite staff to create the phrase or jingle and allow residents to vote on their favorite.
- Discuss the COVID-19 booster shot during resident care planning meetings when a family member is present so that everyone knows if the resident will be vaccinated.
- Quarantined staff, such as nurse practitioners, may be able to remotely help promote vaccine clinic information to resident families.
- Consider recruiting nursing students to assist with vaccine clinics.
- Recruit volunteer residents to assist with on-site resident vaccine clinics. They can serve as champions and help put those being vaccinated at ease.
- Guidance regarding giving the vaccine or booster to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 varies. Document which guidelines your facility is following in organizational policies and procedures.
- On-site Facility Vaccine Clinic Checklist:
- Print color-coded badges for visitors upon their entry to the facility and ensure that staff understands what each color means. For example, a visitor wearing a badge with orange in middle could signal to staff that the person is unvaccinated.