Restarting more routine hospital activities during COVID-19: approaches from six countries

Cross-Country Analysis


Restarting more routine hospital activities during COVID-19: approaches from six countries

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals face the concurrent challenges of maintaining routine services while attending to COVID-19 patients.

This article shares approaches taken in six countries to resume hospital care after the first wave of the pandemic by surveying country experts and using data extracted from the COVID-19 Health Systems Response Monitor (HSRM). Four strategies were observed in all six countries: prioritisation or rationing of treatments, converting clinical spaces to separate patients, using virtual treatments, and implementing COVID-19 free hospitals or
floors. Clear guidance about how to prioritise activities would support hospitals in the next phases of the pandemic. Full article here