Provider’s February issue is now online, and the top three stories highlight infection prevention and communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. While back to normal in long term and post-acute care is still down the road, providers offer up new perspectives they have gained over the past year.

In the first of three articles, “Infection Control Lessons Learned,” clinicians say new policies have become tried and true, such as patient isolation and enhanced disinfection procedures, which will continue to be important post-vaccination. And while providers haven’t jumped on the bandwagon with trends, they have embraced innovation in cleaning and disinfecting, including the use of UV light for sterilization.

The next article, “Communication Role Critical in Pandemic,” shows that, for providers, monitoring the constant flow of information on COVID has been something of a rollercoaster, with both facts and unproven theories coming at 100 miles an hour.

But the key to staying on top of it for staff, residents, and families is to identify the misinformation and communicate the facts. Providers employ a number of vehicles to get the word out, including daily newsletters, regular town hall meetings, and more.

The final article highlights five positives that have come out of the pandemic, which sources say will make infection prevention and control stronger and more effective into the future. Long term and post-acute care is stronger because of what it has been through, they note, and lessons learned have already been put into action.

Read the February digital issue here: