Hospital-Wide Pandemic Outbreak Preparation - a Balance of Form and Function
Lit Sin Quek1
1Emergency Medicine Department, ., Singapore
Hospital-Wide Pandemic Outbreak Preparation
- A Balance of Form and Function
The Ng Teng Fong General Hospital was opened on the 10 Oct 2015.
It is a new hospital in Singapore designed to address some of the current challenges facing healthcare, one of which is to respond to the threats of emerging infectious diseases in the 21st century.
In this discussion, we will understand how applying the principles of Design Thinking and Human Factor Engineering in the planning and layout of the hospital anchors the response to an infectious disease threat - containment of a single index case and mitigation plans for a pandemic.
We also address the use of Behavioral Insights in the development of policies to effect a coordinated hospital pandemic response and add resilience to the plan.
We will explore the need to nurture continuing learning, continuing improvement and continuing support for three key components of an effective response to any crisis :
These components form the foundation to prevent, limit or control the acquisition of healthcare-associated infections within a healthcare facility during a pandemic.
Through this discussion, we hope to provide some insights of a holistic and effective pandemic response plan.
Dr Lit-Sin QUEK