Optimizing Highly Infectious Disease Isolation Unit Management: Experiences From the Infectious Diseases Isolation and Research Unit, Fort Portal, Uganda

Susan Alum, Moses Asiimwe, Gerald Kanyomozi, Jacqueline Nalikka, Peace Okwaro, Isabella Migisha, Brenda Muhindo, Abdullah Wailagala, Stephen Okello, Paul Blair, Peter Waitt, Nahid Bhadelia, Rodgers Ayebare*, Antonia Kwiecien, David Saunders, Mohammed Lamorde, Hannah Kibuuka, Danielle Clark

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Infectious disease outbreaks on the scale of the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are a new phenomenon in many parts of the world. Many isolation unit designs with corresponding workflow dynamics and personal protective equipment postures have been proposed for each emerging disease at the health facility level, depending on the mode of transmission. However, personnel and resource management at the isolation units for a resilient response will vary by human resource capacity, reporting requirements, and practice setting. This study describes an approach to isolation unit management at a rural Uganda Hospital and shares lessons from the Uganda experience for isolation unit managers in low- and middle-income settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere72
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume17
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Nurse's Role
  • Patient Isolation
  • Public Health Practice

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