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Authors

  1. Loewenstein, Kristy PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, NPD-BC, NEA-BC
  2. Saito, Ema MD
  3. Linder, Howard MD, FAPA, FACLP

Abstract

Congregate settings such as psychiatric units have an increased risk of disease transmission because of the milieu setting and the inability to isolate patients. Interventions to prevent infection and cross-contamination are discussed including monitoring of patient temperatures, personal protective equipment, remote care, monitoring of human resources, and reinforcement of infection prevention strategies. We discuss the effectiveness of those interventions and the lessons learned, including implications for psychiatric clinical care, during future pandemics or a next wave of COVID-19.