Strong Medical Care Capabilities to Successfully Prevent Outbreaks and Reassure the People
Medical care in Taiwan, thanks to support from the government and proactive investments from the civil society, is known for its capacity and quality, neither of which is inferior to that in advanced countries. The rapid spread of COVID-19, however, gave rise to community-acquired and hospital-acquired cluster infections in countries around the world, overloading healthcare professionals and leading to collapse of the medical care system, which directly resulted in the linear growth of the number of deaths caused by COVID-19. Therefore, maintaining medical care capacity and securing the medical care system are not only crucial to the prevention of an outbreak, but are also crucial to the successful fight against the disease.
Due to the fact that a majority of the patients in healthcare facilities are susceptible populations with compromised immunity, their staff, in direct contact with the patients within a short distance, are faced with a higher risk of communicating disease. To ensure that domestic healthcare facilities are prepared to respond and have proper equipment to fight the disease, medical care capacity has to be monitored early and medical care manpower must be maintained at a sufficient level.
I. Monitoring Medical Care Capacity:
Key medical resources, as follows, are being monitored on a daily basis to cope with real-time allocation.
- Setup of epidemic-prevention clinics or COVID-19 clinics
- Setup of fever screening stations or COVID-19 screening stations
- Available ventilators
- Available isolation beds
- Number of hospitals with dedicated patient wards and the bed count
- Daily emergency department visits and availability of ICU beds in nationwide Emergency Responsibility Hospitals
Figure 1 Ventilators throughout the nation available for allocation in an emergency
Figure 2 Statistics of negative-pressure isolation patient wards
Figure 3 Statistics of dedicated patient wards throughout the nation
Figure 4. Daily emergency department visits and availability of ICU beds in National Emergency Responsibility Hospitals
II. Sufficient Medical Care Manpower
- The deadline for renewing licenses were extended by six months for all healthcare professionals.
- License renewal deadline were extended by one year for specialists and nurse practitioners.
- The time to resume clinical practice for healthcare professionals is shortened.
- Various accreditation process are suspended.
- Professional nurses are mobilized to provide disease prevention support, to help address issues encountered by people in home quarantine, and to support border control at airports.
- Regulation and rules for telemedicine are relaxed.
- Last Updated:2021-08-31
- Data Source:Department of Medical Affairs
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