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Keywords

COVID-19, education, infection control, practice innovation

 

Authors

  1. Kinlay, Stephanie Heather MPH, BSN, RN, CCRN
  2. Whiting, Jon DNP, RN, CCRN
  3. Audain, Pascale BSN, RN, CCRN
  4. Conrad, Paula MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN, CIC
  5. Kulma, Amy BSN, RN, CCRN
  6. Agus, Michael S. D. MD
  7. Sandora, Thomas J. MD, MPH

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Most existing biocontainment units (BCUs) in U.S. hospitals are designed to care for a limited number of patients infected with epidemiologically significant pathogens. The COVID-19 pandemic presented substantial challenges to hospital preparedness and operations because of its high incidence rate and the high risk of transmission to staff members. This article describes a novel practice innovation: a hospital-wide deployment of nurses on a trained BCU team to support hospital staff in safely caring for patients with COVID-19. Their responsibilities included assisting in the development of guidelines and providing training on safety protocols and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment. The authors show how this deployment contributed significantly to staff education and support during the pandemic.