Stuart Skinner, senior Product manager at Rada, looks at what can be learnt from the initial response to COVID-19, and how those learnings can inform the role that infection control plays in the very fabric of our healthcare infrastructure.
The NHS’s initial response to the COVID-19 crisis has, through collaborative and unprecedented effort, been successful in maintaining critical care capacity. Despite this, healthcare providers have seen resources placed under huge strain. Staff have been providing complex care for high numbers of COVID-19 patients while continuing to deliver emergency treatment and outpatient services – all while operating under stricter than ever infection control measures. When there is no cure or vaccination as yet, preventing the spread of infection is the first line of attack. With human interaction at the centre of disease transmission, any space people use can, if not correctly configured, aid the spread of infection
COVID-19 is a new virus, and its trajectory and continued impact remain uncertain, and with Chinese scientists already warning of a new ‘flu virus with pandemic potential identified in animals, it’s no surprise that conversations around infection control are intensifying.
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