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Prep for COVID-19 Admissions & Patient Care in Rehab Facilities: Panel Discussion

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Financial: Jill Rye is an employee at Avera McKennan Hospital, lead nurse planner for ARN, and is an adjunct faculty member for University of Sioux Falls.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Financial: Michele Cournan is an employee at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital.
Nonfinancial: Michele Cournan has a professional relationship with ARN.
Financial: Michelle Camicia is an employee at Kaiser Permanete.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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Disclaimer: This course was cooperatively developed by MedBridge and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. In order to start this course, you will need to create and sign into a MedBridge account. By completing this course, you are consenting to share your first name, last name, and email address with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

This is a recorded webinar on preparing for COVID-19 admissions.

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues, many post-acute rehab facilities are preparing for, or are actively managing, an influx of COVID-19 admissions to their facilities. This expected increase in admissions will impact patient care, staff safety, and discharge protocols in a significant way. During this simu-live webinar co-hosted by MedBridge and ARN, Jill Rye, DNP, RN, CRRN, CNL, FARN of Avera is joined by Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA; and Michele Cournan, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP, CRRN, to discuss strategies to help rehab clinicians prepare their post-acute care facilities for this expected increase in COVID-19 admissions. During this discussion, the panel will lay out strategies for the admissions process for patients of varying COVID-19 statuses, the use of technology in the care of COVID-19 patients, and how to adequately prepare staff while managing their anxiety and emotional distress. The panel will also discuss challenges presented with discharge planning and the role that caregiver support and family involvement can play in successful discharge strategies.

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1. Preparing for Admissions, Adjustments, and Treatment: Facility and Staff

This chapter will answer the following questions:
How did your organization prepare to admit COVID-19 patients? How was this different for patients who were positive, negative and Patients Under Investigation? How did your organization prepare your staff prior to admitting COVID -19 patients? How did you help meet staff’s emotional needs, such as anxiety and emotional distress?

2. Managing Patient Admissions and Addressing Emotional Needs

This chapter will answer the following questions:
What were the challenges caring for COVID-19 Patients? How did you support the patients during the times when no visitors were allowed on the unit? What role did technology play?

3. Clinical Implications Given by COVID-19

This chapter will answer the following questions:
Did therapy make changes in how they treated patients? What symptoms were most difficult to manage in rehab? How did you choose the medications regimens? Are there specific COVID-19 patients cases that were particularly challenging to manage?

4. Leveraging Technology and Changes to Discharge Planning

This chapter will answer the following questions:
What are the challenges when planning for discharge? How were you able to incorporate family training? What role can technology play in supporting staff and patients?

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