Medical wards adapted quickly to Covid-19 Pandemic, with possible negative effects

Many hospitals forced to quickly adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic employed technology in new ways and established respiratory isolation units, an AHRQ study found. Researchers surveyed major U.S. academic medical centers in April and found that nearly all sites implemented isolation units that primarily utilized attending physicians. Half of sites with personal protective equipment data available reported equipment stockpiles of two weeks or less. The vast majority of sites reported less frequent in-room encounters between clinicians and patients. Isolation and room-entry policies focused on providing several care activities at once and using video visits and other technologies to evaluate patients. Some reports of unrecognized or delayed diagnoses indicated adaptations may have led to adverse effects on care.

J Hosp Med. 2020 Aug;15(8):483-488. Doi : 10.12788/jhm.3476.