AHRQ COVID-19 Articles: Peer Support/Crisis Communications and Helping LTC Settings Deal With the Pandemic (4/20)

By AHRQ - April 28, 2020

COVID-19: Peer support and crisis communication strategies to promote institutional resilience.

Wu AW, Connors C, Everly Jr GS. Ann Intern Med. 2020

To address the negative psychological impacts faced by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis, the authors of this commentary recommend three strategic principles for healthcare institutions responding to the pandemic:

·  Encourage leadership to focus on resilience

·  Ensure that crisis communication provides both information and empowerment

·  Create a continuum of staff support within the organization to address a surge in mental health concerns among healthcare workers.


Unprecedented solutions for extraordinary times: helping long-term care settings deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaur S, Dumyati G, Nace DA, et al.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020

This commentary discusses the provision of safe care in long-term care settings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors propose the following measures to ensure the safety of long-term care patients:

·  facilities should only accept patients with COVID-19 infections if they can provide effective airborne isolation;

·  patients recovering from COVID-19 need to have 2 negative tests on 2 consecutive days, as well as remain fever-free without mediation for at least 48 hours and not require ventilatory support that generates aerosols;

·  facilities should screen potential admissions for typical and atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and;

·  facilities that are currently COVID-19 naïve should not accept any new admissions for whom there may be a concern for COVID-19.