'We have to learn from what happened': New research aims to improve long-term care outcomes during a second wave of COVID-19
2020-07-27 from nationalpost.com
Long-term care homes that became overwhelmed with COVID-19 infections in the early months of the pandemic seemed to follow a consistent pattern before reaching a tipping point, according to a new report. Once “tipped”, it was difficult for homes to turn things around without outside help.
Some of that help came in the form of teams from local hospitals or, in some cases, the Canadian military, which went into homes in Ontario and Quebec.
Among issues in some of the worst-hit homes were a lack of personal protective equipment, weak infection control practices and limited testing. Those issues, and others, helped spread the virus among residents and staff, leading some homes to become overwhelmed, according to the report from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute titled Reimagining Care for Older Adults: Next Steps in COVID-19 Response in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes.
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