Prevention and control strategies for the post-pandemic era: finding a balance between COVID-19 and reviving medical service

  • Shuang Liu Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Yan Ren Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Hong Li Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Yue Liu Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Jiao Shan Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Lin Yang Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Lihong Chen Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
  • Hui Chen Department of Hospital-Acquired Infection Control, Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, Beijing, China
Keywords: COVID-19, Hospital-acquired infection, Inpatients, Risk assessment, Prevention and control

Abstract

Introduction: Public life in China is gradually returning to normal with strong measures in coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) control. Because of the long-term effects of COVID-19, medical institutions had to make timely adjustments to control policies and priorities to balance between COVID-19 prevention and daily medical services.

Methodology: The framework for infection prevention and control in the inpatient department was effectively organized at both hospital and department levels. A series of prevention and control strategies was implemented under this leadership: application of rigorous risk assessment and triage before admission through a query list; classifying patients into three risk levels and providing corresponding medical treatment and emergency handling; establishing new ward visiting criteria for visitors; designing procedures for PPE and stockpile management; executing specialized disinfection and medical waste policies.

Results: Till June 2020, the bed occupancy had recovered from 20.0% to 88.1%. In total, 13045 patients were received in our hospital, of which 54 and 127 patients were identified as high-risk and medium-risk, respectively, and 2 patients in the high-risk group were eventually laboratory-confirmed with COVID-19. No hospital-acquired infection of COVID-19 has been observed since the emergency appeared.

Conclusions: The strategies ensured early detection and targeted prevention of COVID-19 following the COVID-19 pandemic, which improved the recovery of medical services after the pandemic.

Published
2021-08-31
How to Cite
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Liu S, Ren Y, Li H, Liu Y, Shan J, Yang L, Chen L, Chen H (2021) Prevention and control strategies for the post-pandemic era: finding a balance between COVID-19 and reviving medical service. J Infect Dev Ctries 15:1074-1079. doi: 10.3855/jidc.13634
Section
Coronavirus Pandemic