In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the main focus is on the level of preparedness of hospitals. The reason why this issue is given special attention all over the world is that the fate of patients infected with COVID-19 is directly related to the preparedness and professionalism in hospitals.
With well-organized health services, it is possible to achieve the maximum possible patient admission and reduce the mortality rate in the patients being observed. For this purpose, guidelines and checklists have been prepared and submitted by various organizations, including the World Health Organization. The WHO Preparedness Checklist will be used to provide a checklist of key actions to be taken as part of the ongoing hospital emergency preparedness process during the REACT-C19 project.
There are many benefits that this guideline brings:
(1) sustainability of required services;
(2) well-coordinated implementation of priority activities;
(3) clear and precise internal and external relations;
(4) rapid adaptation to growing demands;
(5) efficient use of limited resources;
(6) establishing a safe environment for health workers.
This checklist is designed to support hospital managers and emergency planners to achieve the above by identifying and initiating the measures needed to respond quickly to the COVID-19 epandemic. As a result, according to the Hospital Preparedness Checklist, efforts will be made to provide pandemic-related medical staff and services in hospitals to or close to WHO standards by identifying and eliminating problems.