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

Webb E, Hernández-Quevedo C, Scarpetti G, Edwards N, Reed S, Gandré C, Or Z, Cascini F, Winkelmann J, Kroneman M, Bernal-Delgado E, Angulo-Pueyo E, Estupiñán-Romero F, Rajan S, Chandran S
Eurohealth 2020; 26(2):68-72


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.

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