Importance of Hospital Contact Tracing
While mandated social distancing has received considerable press and praise throughout communities, it’s implementation within frontline industries such as aged care, healthcare facilities and hospitality has posed several challenges. Given the myriad of clinical interactions and close contacts that occur between multiple teams, residents, patients and visitors, preventing the transmission of airborne viruses like COVID-19 is more difficult to execute.
It’s imperative for healthcare workers, nurses and doctors to interact with each other to successfully treat patients and residents and extended isolation and restrictive social distancing regulations proves detrimental to the mental health of aged residents. Clinical workrooms and waiting rooms within aged care and healthcare facilities are often crowded, and rely on computer inventories to manage the ‘check-in’ of all staff, residents, patients and visitors. This makes social distancing even more difficult to implement.