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Infection control measures of a Taiwanese hospital to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2020 May; 36(5):296-304.KJ

Abstract

The World Health Organization announced the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic on 12 March 2020. Although being in proximity to China, the original epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan has maintained a low number of COVID-19 cases despite its close social ties and heavy traffic between Taiwan and China. Containment strategies executed by the Taiwanese government have attracted global attention. Similarly, in-hospital settings, high alertness and swift responses to the changing outbreak situation are necessary to ensure hospital staff members' safety so they can continue to save patients' lives. Herein, we present infection control measures that can be adopted in hospital settings that were executed in a Taiwanese hospital to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, including emergency preparedness and responses from the hospital administration, education, surveillance, patient flow arrangement, the partition of hospital zones, and the prevention of a systemic shutdown by using the "divided cabin, divided flow" strategy. The measures implemented by a Taiwan hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic may not be universally applicable in every hospital. Nonetheless, the presented infection control methods have been practically executed and can be referenced or modified to fit each hospital's unique condition.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.Infection Control Center, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.Administration Center, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Department of Laboratory Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32374901

Citation

Chang, Ya-Ting, et al. "Infection Control Measures of a Taiwanese Hospital to Confront the COVID-19 Pandemic." The Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 36, no. 5, 2020, pp. 296-304.
Chang YT, Lin CY, Tsai MJ, et al. Infection control measures of a Taiwanese hospital to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2020;36(5):296-304.
Chang, Y. T., Lin, C. Y., Tsai, M. J., Hung, C. T., Hsu, C. W., Lu, P. L., & Hou, M. F. (2020). Infection control measures of a Taiwanese hospital to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(5), 296-304. https://doi.org/10.1002/kjm2.12228
Chang YT, et al. Infection Control Measures of a Taiwanese Hospital to Confront the COVID-19 Pandemic. Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2020;36(5):296-304. PubMed PMID: 32374901.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Infection control measures of a Taiwanese hospital to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. AU - Chang,Ya-Ting, AU - Lin,Chun-Yu, AU - Tsai,Ming-Ju, AU - Hung,Ching-Tzu, AU - Hsu,Chia-Wen, AU - Lu,Po-Liang, AU - Hou,Ming-Feng, Y1 - 2020/05/06/ PY - 2020/03/21/received PY - 2020/04/16/revised PY - 2020/04/20/accepted PY - 2020/5/7/pubmed PY - 2020/5/15/medline PY - 2020/5/7/entrez KW - COVID-19 KW - SARS-CoV-2 KW - Taiwan KW - infection control KW - novel coronavirus SP - 296 EP - 304 JF - The Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences JO - Kaohsiung J Med Sci VL - 36 IS - 5 N2 - The World Health Organization announced the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic on 12 March 2020. Although being in proximity to China, the original epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan has maintained a low number of COVID-19 cases despite its close social ties and heavy traffic between Taiwan and China. Containment strategies executed by the Taiwanese government have attracted global attention. Similarly, in-hospital settings, high alertness and swift responses to the changing outbreak situation are necessary to ensure hospital staff members' safety so they can continue to save patients' lives. Herein, we present infection control measures that can be adopted in hospital settings that were executed in a Taiwanese hospital to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, including emergency preparedness and responses from the hospital administration, education, surveillance, patient flow arrangement, the partition of hospital zones, and the prevention of a systemic shutdown by using the "divided cabin, divided flow" strategy. The measures implemented by a Taiwan hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic may not be universally applicable in every hospital. Nonetheless, the presented infection control methods have been practically executed and can be referenced or modified to fit each hospital's unique condition. SN - 2410-8650 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32374901/Infection_control_measures_of_a_Taiwanese_hospital_to_confront_the_COVID_19_pandemic_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -