Istiklal Hospital-Jordan preparedness for COVID-19 pandemic
As soon as the World Health Organization announced the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, Istiklal Hospital immediately formed a crisis team which created a pandemic preparedness plan for the facility. The plan included all sectors of the hospital, from clinicians to human resources managers to procurement staff and support services.
The hospital implemented a range of new measures to protect its patients and staff. All visitors were screened, while patients were triaged to easily identify those infected or suspected with the virus. A new ward was commissioned to accommodate all suspected cases, and the hospital also purchased a new PCR machine and a new CT scan machine.
In terms of human resources, the hospital categorized its staff into alternating groups to ensure that all personnel will be able to rest adequately between shifts. The hospital also purchased medical supplies before supply ran out, ensuring a sufficient supply of PPEs and other materials. Staff from regions under lockdown or curfew were exempted from duty with full pay part of the preparedness was human resources, they were categorized and classified into groups to go for duty without any exhaustion and taking good rest between duties regarding materials, the hospital prepared and purchased good amount of different supplies before the became expensive or short from the market, periodic update of the status of supplies was submitted to the crisis team. staff from the regions under lock down or curfew were exempted from duty with full payment housing or all the staff who cannot leave the hospital was provided including all free meals and laundry