MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 IN A FRENCH NURSING HOME: EXPERIENCES FROM A MULTIDISCIPLINARY MOBILE TEAM
P. Poupin, D. N’Diaye, F. Chaumier, A. Lemaignen, L. Bernard, B. Fougère
J Frailty Aging 2021;10(4)363-366
Background: Long-term residential care facilities and nursing homes are known to be particularly vulnerable to viral respiratory diseases and have expressed the need for multidisciplinary collaboration to help manage outbreaks when they occur.
Method: In April 2020, Tours University Medical Center created a multidisciplinary mobile team to help local nursing homes deal with outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The team included a geriatrician, infectious disease experts, and palliative care specialists.
Results: On April 8th, 2020, the first intervention took place in a 100 residents nursing home with a total of 18 confirmed cases among 26 symptomatic residents and five deaths. The nursing home staffs’ main requests were a multidisciplinary approach, consensus decision-making, and the dissemination of information on disease management.
Conclusion: Three lessons emerged from this collaboration: (i) intensify collaborations between hospitals and nursing homes, (ii) limit disease transmission through the use of appropriate hygiene measures, broad screening, and the isolation of sick residents and sick employees, and (iii) provide sufficient human resources.
P. Poupin ; D. N’Diaye ; F. Chaumier ; A. Lemaignen ; L. Bernard ; B. Fougère (2021): Management of COVID-19 in a French Nursing Home: Experiences from a Multidisciplinary Mobile Team. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2021.16