Infection prevention and control for diverse vulnerable populations: From an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic to sustainable improvement.

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, organizations providing residential and respite care for individuals with developmental disabilities and complex care needs in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were largely unprepared. As case numbers surged, they lacked the expertise and resources needed to prevent spread across populations that are highly vulnerable to infection and poor outcomes. This article describes how these organizations, led by Safehaven, responded to an unprecedented emergency, and how the response is leading to sustainable improvements in care and safety for diverse vulnerable groups in congregate care settings. As the pandemic advanced, the Safehaven Program evolved with the solidification of the role of Infection Prevention and Control Champion lead role in Ontario and partnership with Reena in York Region.
Date: 8 Sep 2023
DOI: 10.1177/08404704231198199
Journal: Healthcare management forum
Pubmed ID: 37682041
ML/Curated Information
Viruses: SARS-CoV-2
Article Type(s): Research
Topics: Health Policy