When Duty Trumps Safety: Protect our Medical Frontliners

When Duty Trumps Safety: Protect our Medical Frontliners

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our frontline workers are still valiantly reporting to their assigned hospital stations and risking their personal health holding the line of defense against this pandemic.

Hospitals and clinics around the country all face challenging decisions. They are quickly adjusting their standard operating procedures to face the evolving pandemic. To date, we have => 100K active cases of Covid-19.  Non-clinical spaces will be repurposed to see patients, and staff will be called upon to serve roles they are not otherwise hired to fill workforce shortages. Individual health care providers face novel and substantial concerns in these circumstances.

Our medical front liners are already widely affected, and the pandemic will continue to disproportionately affect them not just physically but also mentally. Gauging vulnerability and health risks remains an imperfect exercise during COVID-19, but one clear threshold is coming into contact with patients coming and out of our hospitals.

Health Care Systems Can Protect Their Workers With More Than Masks

Health care system leaders should also focus on other ways to protect our medical heroes. They can immediately begin addressing barriers that are within their control (both private & public institutions)

  • Proper time-offs:  encourage medical front liners to take days off as a means of proactive isolation precautions. They shouldn’t be afraid of unpaid sick leaves.
  • On Mass Testing:  Prioritizing testing for symptomatic health care employees or those who have been exposed.  Moreover, testing medical staff early may help to reduce the workforce shortage caused by quarantines and to stop[ infection spreads among their colleagues.
  • Putting their mind at ease: This means developing organizational strategies for respite to prevent excessively long shifts, maintaining access to breaks for food, snacks, and the bathroom, and providing assurance that family members they live with will care for should they be infected.
  • Mental health break apart fro

How about us?

 

We strongly agree with this voluntary ECQ diagram by Dr. Tony Leachon. 

 

Who will hold the line when the line holders are exhausted?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many healthcare workers are being pushed to their limits above and beyond as they selflessly care for the patients. So what can help providers who are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or afraid during these difficult times? Let’s help flatten the curve! Keep safe everyone.

 

 

Remember that prevention is an endeavor that can only succeed with a society-wide effort. Again, please practice Social Distancing, and let’s do our share to Flatten The Curve.

Stay strong everyone. Lets all hope and act towards fighting this pandemic. May God bless us all. Here are 10 THINGS YOU CAN DO DURING THE METRO MANILA LOCKDOWN

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