Ensuring a Safe Environment for Patients and Staff in COVID-19 Health-Care Facilities   [open pdf - 630KB]

From the Introduction: "On 30 January 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] outbreak to be a global public health emergency of international concern under the International Health Regulations. Following the spread of COVID-19 cases in many countries across continents, COVID-19 was characterized as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 by the Director-General, upon the advice of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee. The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to shine a light on the fragility of health services and public health systems globally. It has revealed that even robust health systems can be rapidly overwhelmed and compromised by an outbreak. Against this rapidly evolving situation, many countries are facing challenges in the availability of accurate and up-to-date data on capacities to respond to COVID-19 while maintaining the provision of essential health services. Few countries have reliable and timely data on existing and surge health workforce and service capacities. In response to this situation WHO has developed the 'Ensuring a safe environment for patients and staff in COVID-19 health-care facilities' monitoring tool. This tool has been designed to assess the structural capacities of hospitals to allow safe COVID-19 case management, maintain the delivery of essential services and enable surge capacity planning."

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