Sara Albolina and Giulia Dagliana share the lessons learned from Italy and provide valuable guidance in this podcast shared on the Project Patient Care website. The podcast has been widely circulated among US healthcare provider organisations, patient advocates, and government organisations.
In this 50 minute podcast, they discuss:
- Having the entire country following the same mitigation strategy and implement early.
- Testing to identify cases and to understand support and equipment needs.
- Providing ample Personal Protective Equipment to avoid deaths and illness among healthcare workers and reduce spread of COVID-19 to uninfected COVID-19 patients.
- Having ample ventilators as most patients will use a ventilator for 11–21 days. Have a plan on how you will handle this without enough ventilators.
- Utilising hotels for post hospitalisation and less serious COVID-19 cases and have separate hotels for hospital staff as some will barely get any sleep during the peak of COVID-19.
- Preparing staff and families that patients may die alone – which is very difficult but families are not allowed in intensive care.
- Document and widely share processes that have positive health outcomes for COVID-19 patients – healthcare providers are desperate for solutions.