Hospice of Acadiana says they are implementing stringent protocols for their homebound and facility-based hospice care patients to ensure safety and minimize exposure to COVID-19.
The plan, according to Hospice, is heavily influenced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health officials.
“Our first priority is always the care and safety of our patients. In light of the recent pandemic, we have a responsibility and obligation to do all we can as an organization and as individuals to limit the spread of this disease." Karl Broussard, CEO of Hospice of Acadiana said in a press release. "The actions we take today have a direct effect on the impact Covid-19 could have on our community days, weeks, and months from now.”
Elderly and immune compromised patients account for a large part of Hospice of Acadiana's patients.
The company says that implementing the infectious disesase protocols ensure that the risk of exposure is mitigated among these individuals who are considered most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Protocols include decreased weekly visits for stable, non-transitioning patients; use of disposable scrubs and foot covers replaced at each visit; continued sanitation of all equipment following each visit; limited volunteer interaction; ongoing, daily monitoring of staff wellness; and staff avoidance of highly populated areas personally and professionally.
“This pandemic is unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said Camille Claibourne, RN, PhD and Member, Hospice of Acadiana Board of Directors. “Undoubtedly, this could get worse before it gets better. However, by exercising prudent care practices, and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are able to reduce the risk of exposure for our patients and their families.”
For more information on Hospice of Acadiana's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
To learn more about COVID-19 and it's affects on the State of Louisiana and Acadiana, see the below links.
COVID-19: State update - 114 cases reported (March 16, 2020)