Hospices Dig in to Protect Patients Amid Uptick of COVID-19

POSTED ON MONDAY, August 10, 2020 

States like Louisiana, New York and Washington were the hardest hit at first with the COVID-19 pandemic; they stepped up and did their best to provide the safest care as quickly as possible to their hospice patients.

“The recent rise in cases has affirmed the need for the infection control practices we implemented at the beginning of the pandemic per guidance from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH),” Jessica Hutcheson, intake coordinator of Georgia-based Affinis Hospice, told Hospice News. “In all [service] areas we have identified a trend of shorter life expectancy in patients on hospice services who test positive for COVID-19, and referrals for end-of-life care for patients with COVID-19 often occurring in the last hours to days of life. We continue to monitor our infection prevention and control processes in order to promote the health and safety of the patients and families we serve, as well as of our employees.”

Hospices have adapted by implementing twice daily COVID-19 screening, telehealth and PPE to ensure their patients receive the level of care they deserve.

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