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This blog is meant to share lessons learned and novel ideas being used in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please share any helpful processes and ideas that you have to help your fellow healthcare workers in their response. Stay safe!!

 

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AAR/Improvement Matrix

Posted By Kristi Sanger, Monday, July 13, 2020
Here is an AAR/Improvement Matrix document that you can use after conducting your COVID After Action Conference. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

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Mental health, mental health, MENTAL HEALTH!

Posted By Kristi Sanger, Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

COVID-19 has hit its peak in many places and cases are on the decrease. From what I am hearing across the country, though, this decrease is not happening fast. Healthcare workers are overwhelmed, healthcare facilities are still near capacity and patients keep coming in. And there is still a risk of cases increasing again as we re-open the country. Reports of medical caregivers getting overwhelmed mentally are happening more and more frequently. There are reports from all across the country of increased substance and alcohol consumption. There are reports healthcare worker suicides.  Why are we failing to prevent this? There are some programs happening across the country aiming to train more people in Psychological First Aid.  Is there enough time to get enough people trained? Is it too late? Will this actually help those healthcare staff that have already endured such intense scenarios of overwhelming death? What really helps these folks mentally could be time away from the situation, but we can’t give them that. We need them too much. More hugs and smiles? 6 feet and masks....we can do neither. More time to socialize and talk through our stress... again, sheltering away and zoom isn’t the same. And what about the other medical professionals that aren’t in the hospitals or those that assist in healthcare but are not nurses and doctors? Are we providing mental health to our fire service? Our EMT’s? Our Long Term Care staff? Our environmental services staff? Our students? Our volunteers? Who else is helping that we’ve forgotten? I’m not sure this post has a lot of solutions but the problem weighs heavy on my mind. We need to protect our healthcare workers physically AND mentally. Or we won’t have anyone left by the end of this.

Please tell us what you are doing and help us learn from one another.

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So close, yet so far....

Posted By Kristi Sanger, Monday, April 20, 2020

 

As of last Friday, April 17, there were only 2 weeks left of shelter in place orders for many states across the country. I don’t know about you, but April 30 can’t come soon enough. I am so ready to see friends, eat at restaurants, and have a cocktail with a cute umbrella in it at an outdoor waterfront bar. In the Midwest, spring is upon us and the warmth of the outdoors drives us toward additional temptation to get outside, take a ride on a boat, sit on a patio with friends, and get the kids OUTSIDE the house (finally) to run the energy out of them.

With the anticipation of all of this excitement also drives impatience. Can we all stay the course these last days? Will some jump too quickly back into life outside the shelter?

Two weeks left of this order and then we can get out, albeit a different experience, but yet, out!  So now what? Are we destined to ride a second wave already with the first wave barely in the rear view mirror? Will we see a case increase before or after we start re-engaging businesses and letting people go back to work? If we see it before, will there be a postponement of re-opening and thus all our anticipation for summer fun be lost because of protests over just two more weeks? If we see it after, how many lives will be lost and how many will be financially ruined when we have to go back to social distancing again so quickly?

There are many questions as to how this will look. Unfortunately with infectious disease, the actions of few will affect many. How much effect will it be.....we will know in about 7-14 days.

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