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WHO Hospital Readiness Checklist for COVID-19 

This checklist has been prepared with the aim of supporting hospital managers and emergency planners in achieving the above by defining and initiating actions needed to ensure a rapid response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The checklist is structured on eleven key components; under each component, there is a list of questions regarding the status of implementation of the recommended action specific to that component. Hospitals at risk of increased health service demand should be prepared to initiate the implementation of each action promptly. The section on “Recommended reading” lists selected tools, guidelines and strategies relevant to each component, as well as other supporting documentation.

The benefits of an effective, hospital-based response include;

  1. continuity of essential services;
  2. well-coordinated implementation of priority action;
  3. clear and accurate internal and external communication;
  4. swift adaptation to increased demands;
  5. effective use of scarce resources; and
  6. safe environment for health workers.

Key components of the hospital readiness checklist for COVID-19

  • Incident Management System
  • Surge capacity
  • INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
  • CASE MANAGEMENT
  • HUMAN RESOURCES
  • CONTINUITY OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES AND PATIENT CARE
  • SURVEILLANCE: EARLY WARNING AND MONITORING
  • COMMUNICATION
  • LOGISTICS AND MANAGEMENT OF SUPPLIES, INCLUDING PHARMACEUTICALS
  • Laboratory Services
  • Essential Support Services 

Hospital Readiness Checklist for COVID-19. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, 2020

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