Journal of Medical Safety
Online ISSN : 1348-6322
Print ISSN : 1349-5224
ISSN-L : 1348-6322
The management of emergency department during COVID-19 pandemic
Takeo MatsuyoshiKeiki ShimizuHitoshi Honda
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2022 Volume 18 Pages 51-54

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In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the emergency department is required not only to perform usual services but also to accept patients with severe COVID-19. The first priority is to prevent nosocomial infections, and the second is to undertake containment measures promptly in the event of a positive patient entering the hospital.
At the study institution, full personal protective equipment for medical staff is now mandated in all initial medical care to minimize accidental exposure. Patients are admitted, not rely only based on their PCR test results, but also on any symptoms and an assessment of their risk of having a SARS-CoV-2 infection. At the same time, the emergency ward was reconfigured by increasing the number of negative pressure and semi-independent rooms, which facilitated the implementation of these measures.

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