HQI President’s Message

Quality Quarterly Article

With the recent resurgence of COVID-19 and hospitals stretched to capacity, it’s more important than ever to be diligent about infection prevention. While so much more is known now about the disease than it was nine months ago, one thing that we have known since the start is how to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  

Now, more than ever, we must do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 locally and throughout the state.

I know you’re tired — exhausted, burned out, with many of you at your breaking points — and even with the vaccine, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But now is not the time to let down your guard. Infection prevention is paramount, and here are a few ways to do just that:

  • Wash your hands often.  Make sure to use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • Wear a mask. Not only is a mask required statewide, with some exceptions, but masks are proven to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory illnesses.  
  • Keep your distance. When outside your home, put six feet of distance (about two arms’ length) between yourself and those who don’t live in your household. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. 
  • Use proper PPE, when appropriate. Health care workers should adhere to Standard and Transmission-based Precautions when caring for patients with COVID-19. This includes wearing gowns, face shields or goggles, respirators, masks, and gloves.  

As we enter the holiday season and wrap up a year that has truly been like no other, our thoughts are with all the front-line workers who — throughout this pandemic — have never stopped helping and caring for their communities. We hope that the new year brings a brighter outlook and improved situation for everyone. Our best to you and your families for a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. 

Robert