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7 self-populating worksheets (Excel download) that go through the complete process of implementing policy and practice changes. Includes examples from SHEA members.
Recognizing the challenges of putting outbreak response policies into practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, SHEA adapted its ORTP implementation tool kit.
How the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), the hospital incident management team (HIMT), and an implementation team can work together to successfully implement practices during a crisis.
What needs to be accomplished? This step goes through how to apply the concept of SBAR – situation, background, assessment, recommendation/request, which prepares the epidemiologist to communicate the situation, background, and recommendation succinctly.
*Corresponds to Quick Implementation Guide Sheet 2: Stp 1 – What SBAR*
Cohesion among facility leadership and decision-makers helps reassure the workforce that a change is necessary, valid, and safe, and creates a structure to take into account stakeholders’ perspectives to be able to establish a shared point of view and purpose.
*Corresponds to Quick Implementation Guide Sheet 3: Stp 2 – Who (stakeholder, team)*
Changes succeed when they’re manageable. This section helps you identify which practice changes to prioritize based on impact and effort, how to connect with team members, prepare for your first interaction, and establish a shared mental model.
*Corresponds to Quick Implementation Guide Sheet 4: Stp 3 – How (priorities)*
Steps to attain a “win-win” solution for areas of disagreement.
*Corresponds to Quick Implementation Guide Sheet 5: Stp 4 – How (negotiation)*
Messaging and communications vehicles to get information to stakeholders and implement the change.
*Corresponds to Quick Implementation Guide Sheet 6: Stp 5 – Get the Word Out and Sheet 7: Stp 5 – Assessment Plan*
For healthcare epidemiologists, infection preventionists, and other medical professionals responding to COVID-19.
Time-sensitive news/events/alerts not included below.
Other professional societies or agencies’ statements, recommendations, and guidelines may influence stakeholders’ points of view. This is a list of COVID-19 guidelines and statements. This list is provided for the purpose of facilitating situational awareness during implementation efforts.
*It is not comprehensive and does not represent endorsement by SHEA.*
These resources cover a spectrum of LTC concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, including: preparedness, screening residents and staff, clinical presentation, cohorting, PPE optimization, telehealth, staffing shortages, visitor policies, and more, with checklists and other tools to assist in implementation
Recordings from CDC, AMDA, and SHEA experts on topics central to nursing homes’ preparedness, mitigation, and response efforts
California Association of Health Facilities
Job action sheets, incident planning guide, incident response guide, and training modules for LTCFs
SHEA members have the expertise, knowledge, and training to advise businesses in how to safely reopen in the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Many members are being asked for their input into COVID-19 policies and procedures specific to different business and their operations. A successful consulting practice, even if the intention is to provide services short-term, should have certain financial and legal structures in place.
Resources to help healthcare epidemiologists and infection preventionists inform potential clients of their expertise while appropriately addressing legal and business considerations.