Personal protective equipment (PPE) has become an integral part of day-to-day life at SNFs. While PPE usage is standard in infection control areas of healthcare, it’s not something commonly used at SNFs. To aid SNF staff in properly wearing masks, CMS has compiled steps healthcare workers should follow to effectively don and doff masks.
COVID-19 has plagued SNFs for the past few months, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths across facilities in the U.S. Because of the ongoing pandemic, visitors are banned from facilities with the exception of end-of-life visits, but it’s important that each resident is granted thorough care despite the limitations facilities are currently facing. The following is an excerpt of the book Essential In-Services for Long-Term Care: Education for Frontline Staff, 2020 Edition, by Kelly Smith Papa, MSN, RN, available for purchase on the marketplace.
The novel coronavirus, also known by the more technical name of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is ravaging our nursing home industry and our society as a whole. Not too long ago, people were in close contact with one another with little more to worry about than the next influenza season. Now, over the last few months, our world has been turned upside down.