The Covid-19 pandemic is the single most devastating event in the medical history of mankind. With close to 25 million cases of the disease worldwide, this is undoubtedly one of the major healthcare hazards of the 21st century.
Along with human health, Covid-19 has had a negative impact on the health of businesses the world over. With the global economy facing a recession like never before, businesses are scrambling to ensure their survival.
For healthcare businesses, the task is doubly troublesome as they have to keep operating in order to serve patients. And at the same time, the financial and organisational health of the business cannot be ignored. So, how can the two be reconciled?
In today’s discussion, we are going to take a look at some of the many measures that healthcare businesses can take in order to organise around this pandemic. The methods shared below can help healthcare establishments ensure their continued and stable operation.
Let’s take a look.
Ensuring Sufficient Equipment Availability
The very first step that medical establishments need to take in order to organise around Covid-19 is to ensure that adequate equipment is available to handle the situation. Covid-19 is a highly infectious disease and necessitates special equipment for handling and treating patients.
Such instruments, such as personal protective equipment, must be available in all facilities and in adequate quantities. This is needed not only to ensure the safety of the patients but also to the staff members.
Maintaining Adequate Number Of Beds
Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the pressure on medical establishments is certainly mounting. With more patients requiring in-house care, healthcare businesses need to perform a careful analysis of their bed numbers.
To ensure that no patient is turned away, an adequate number of beds must be maintained in the facility. Along with that, special respiratory equipment such as ventilators must also be available.
Ensuring Medical Staff Availability and Security
The number of medical staff in healthcare facilities may need to be increased, depending on the patient pressure. Unless enough doctors (and nurses) are available, patient care is bound to take a hit.
At the same time, the safety of the staff cannot be ignored and must be taken into account. Proper measures must be taken to sanitise staff and reduce the spreading of the infection. Also, shifts can be made rotational to ensure around the clock availability, while providing enough time for rest and recovery from duties.
Providing Psychological Help
There’s no denying the fact that along with being a severe health hazard, Covid-19 has morphed to become a mental stigma as well. Anyone infected is bound to think that they are headed for a dire fate.
To cope with this problem, medical centres need to keep psychological help at hand. Through proper communication and counselling, patients can be made to understand their situation better. This not only helps improve treatment but also speeds up the time to recovery.
The increased pressure that Covid-19 has put on medical businesses is undeniable. This is even more accurately noticed in the case of organisations that still operating using legacy systems. Older methods of running the establishment, such as manual accounting, can slow down processes and lead to unnecessary frustration and monetary loss.
Hence, this is as good a time as any for doing away with the old and bringing in the new. Through digitisation and automation, medical facilities can make their processes more streamlined, and thus help in the optimal running of the establishment.
More Emphasis On Analytics
At chaotic times, the order is the only medicine, and medical businesses know this more than any others. That’s why it’s important that they pay special attention to relevant KPIs and analytics to ensure that the organisation remains stable and effective. A greater emphasis on analytics can help ease the decision making process in these troubled times.
Covid-19 has pushed the world into a realm of uncertainty. But medical businesses in Australia and the world have stepped up to play an important role.
At KPeyes, we are always there by their side to ensure their continued operation. Together, we can ensure that we overcome this dire situation and emerge stronger.