I encourage you to read and share Dr. Michael Wasserman’s October 26, 2020 Guest Column in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. It is well worth the read!
Dr. Wasserman ends his column with this:
“Nursing homes desperately need strong medical leadership in an engaged and competent medical director, actively involved director of nursing, 24/7 RN coverage and a full-time infection preventionist. If we are to effectively battle the scourge that is COVID-19, we can’t put this off any longer; the future is now. And surely our nursing home residents and staff are worth the efforts”.
Between the title and this statement (the entire column is a must-read), he provides valuable information and experience on these 3 key takeaways:
- Give IPs more time
- Engage the medical director
- Embrace quality improvement
“We are delivering medical care to a very complex and frail population. Many of today’s nursing home residents would have been in a hospital 15 years ago. That level of complexity requires attention to detail and a focus on delivering that care.” The future is indeed now.