16 COVID-19 Procedures for Hospitals (According to Clinical Experience from FAHZU)

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covid-19 procedures headerIn the wake of challenges at the scale of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 it is vital that we share as much knowledge as possible to help each other prepare for the problems we face and fight them effectively when they arrive.

This article will compile the procedures outlined in theĀ Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and TreatmentĀ (2020) produced by The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (FAHZU).

FAHZU had significant success in tackling the spread of coronavirus within its hospital while seeing successful outcomes and has – in association with the Jack Ma Foundation, AliHealth, Alibaba Cloud, and other partners – released the above handbook to guide hospitals and medical centers around the world, and inform them of effective best practices to fight the coming challenge.

The handbook contains many materials including policies, charts, and imaging examples. In this Process Street article, however, we’ll focus on the process-aligned elements of the guide.

Some of the items we have extracted from the handbook function as linear procedures to guide action, others as processes to guide the setup or auditing of systems.

Each process template will be embedded below with a description. The article will be structured as follows:

Process Street COVID-19 procedure templates quicklinks

The quicklinks to each template are here:

How to use these COVID-19 templates

To add one of these templates to your Process Street account, simply click Edit Checklist at the top of the checklist. You can sign up to Process Street for free.

Some key things to know:

  • You can edit these process template to adapt it to the specific needs of your institution.
  • When you come to follow the procedure, you can run the templates as checklists.
  • You can add form fields throughout the checklists to gather information.
  • You can connect your Process Street account with other platforms via automation to automatically store or utilize any data entered into your checklists.

Alternatively, you can choose to print these checklists out to display on the walls of the important areas where they will need to be followed. Selecting to print the checklist will reformat it for greater offline readability.

If you need support setting up automations you can visit ourĀ Help SiteĀ or contact our customer success team directly.

Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment from FAHZU (2020)

You can find the direct link here:Ā Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment

And the embed here:

Please note: Process Street is not a medical institution and the items contained in these process templates are illustrative and not intended to be understood as medical advice. Please refer to the attached PDF document for any and all medical or operational recommendations.

16 COVID-19 templates to help hospitals and medical centers fight coronavirus

Scroll down to view each template embedded into this page or click on the link to open them in a new tab to browse them in full size.

Each procedure template is different and it is useful to read the description of the template to see how it is intended to be used; as a procedure, as a wall chart, as an audit, or as a setup guide.

COVID-19 Procedure: Isolation Area Management

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to ensure your isolation area management meets best practice.

This can be used as either a setup guide or as a recurring audit of ongoing practices.
Page 1.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Isolation Area Management

COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection Procedures for COVID-19 Isolation Ward Area

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to ensure your disinfection procedure meets best practice.

This can be used as a setup guide, a recurring audit of ongoing practices, or a checklist to follow each time.
Page 8.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection Procedures for COVID-19 Isolation Ward Area

COVID-19 Procedure: Lung Transplantation Pre-Transplantation Assessment

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to determine whether a patient is an appropriate candidate to undergo a lung transplantation.

This can be used as either an outline of the procedure or as a process to be run as a checklist each assessment.
Page 44.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Lung Transplantation Pre-Transplantation Assessment

COVID-19 Procedure: Nursing Care During Treatment (ALSS)

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to determine best practice for nursing care for ALSS.

This can be used as either a guide or as a recurring audit of ongoing practices.
Page 50.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Nursing Care During Treatment (ALSS)

COVID-19 Procedure: Protocol for Donning and Removing PPE

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to ensure your donning and removal of PPE meets best practice.

This can be used as an audit of ongoing practices, a process to run every time, or as a printable checklist for display in the removal areas.
Page 7.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Protocol for Donning and Removing PPE

COVID-19 Procedure: Staff Management (Workflow and Health)

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to ensure your staff management meets best practice.

This can be used as either a setup guide or as a recurring audit of ongoing practices.
Page 4.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Staff Management (Workflow and Health)

COVID-19 Procedure: Daily Management and Monitoring of ECMO Audit

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to manage and monitor ECMO equipment and patient status.

This template can be run as a checklist from within the Process Street app or it can be printed out and displayed.
Page 49.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Daily Management and Monitoring of ECMO Audit

COVID-19 Procedure: Digital Support for Epidemic Prevention and Control

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to ensure your digital support meets best practice.

This can be used as either a setup guide or as a recurring audit of ongoing practices.
Pages 16 – 17.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Digital Support for Epidemic Prevention and Control

COVID-19 Procedure: Discharge Standards and Follow-up Plan for COVID-19 Patients

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to assess patients for discharge and follow up with them appropriately.

This can be used as a checklist to follow each time or printed out to provide a best practices document.
Page 45.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Discharge Standards and Follow-up Plan for COVID-19 Patients

COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection of COVID-19 Related Reusable Medical Devices

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to safely disinfect reusable medical devices.

This template can be run as a checklist from within Process Street or it can be printed out and displayed.
Pages 10 – 11.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection of COVID-19 Related Reusable Medical Devices

COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection Procedures for Infectious Fabrics of Suspected or Confirmed Patients

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to safely disinfect the fabrics of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

This template can be run as a checklist from within Process Street or it can be printed out and displayed.
Page 12.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Disinfection Procedures for Infectious Fabrics of Suspected or Confirmed Patients

COVID-19 Procedure: Disposal Procedures for COVID-19 Related Medical Waste

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to correctly dispose of medical waste.

This template can be run as a checklist from within the Process Street app or it can be printed out and displayed.
Page 13.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Disposal Procedures for COVID-19 Related Medical Waste

COVID-19 Procedure: Disposal Procedures for Spills of COVID-19 Patient Blood/Fluids

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to safely tackle spills of patient blood/fluids.

This template can be run as a checklist from within the Process Street app or it can be printed out and displayed.
Page 9.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Disposal Procedures for Spills of COVID-19 Patient Blood/Fluids

COVID-19 Procedure: Procedures for Handling Bodies of Deceased Suspected or Confirmed Patients

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to safely handle the bodies of deceased suspected or confirmed patients.

This template can be run as a checklist from within the Process Street app or it can be printed out and displayed.
Page 15.

Click here to access theĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Procedures for Handling Bodies of Deceased Suspected or Confirmed Patients

COVID-19 Procedure: Procedures for Taking Remedial Actions against Occupational Exposure to COVID-19

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to safely tackle occupational exposure to COVID-19.

This template can be run as a checklist from within the Process Street app or it can be printed out and displayed.
Page 13.

Click here to accessĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Procedures for Taking Remedial Actions against Occupational Exposure to COVID-19

COVID-19 Procedure: Surgical Operations for Suspected or Confirmed Patients

Follow this COVID-19 procedure to safely conduct surgical operations including preparation and disinfection.

This template can be run as a checklist from within Process Street or it can be printed out and displayed.
Pages 14 – 15.

Click here to accessĀ COVID-19 Procedure: Surgical Operations for Suspected or Confirmed Patients

How to use Process Street for healthcare providers

Process Street is superpowered checklists for business process management and workflow automation.

We know we have a lot of customers in the healthcare industry using Process Street to run hospitals and clinics and that this is going to be a difficult time for them. That is why we have tried to put valuable trusted information together into process templates which you can plug-in-and-play.

But there might be some other readers of this who haven’t used Process Street before, so we’ll explain the basics of what Process Street is and how it functions.

Many of these procedures here may be best utilized by printing them out and displaying them on the walls of the relevant areas. You can easily do this with our Process Street templates.

However, where the templates excel is in their intended use – when ran as checklists for each instance of the procedure. You can complete the checklists on PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile; you’re able to complete them on the move.

By entering form fields into your templates you can gather data each time the checklist is run. This means you can feed patient data back to a central repository in real-time, to be reviewed, analyzed, and acted upon.

Process Street has a range of workflow features which help to achieve this:

If you aren’t yet a Process Street customer, you can sign up here for free.

Are these templates useful for you? If so, we would like to compile more. Please send us any similar procedure manuals designed to help curb the current crisis and we will try to turn them into plug-in-and-play templates for your organization as quickly as we can! Let us know of any materials in the comments below or contact us directly via email. Thank you and stay safe.Ā 

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Adam Henshall

Adam Henshall is a content writer for Process Street and dabbles in other projects inc Idyoma on the side. Living in Sevilla in the south of Spain, Adam's current hobby is learning Spanish! @adam_h_h


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