Across the U.S., hospital administrators, support services personnel, and emergency management officials are fighting a battle they're trained to fight. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is the latest infectious disease enemy, but like any wartime effort, supplies, surges and shortages are making it a challenge.
In the spotlight are five healthcare communities and how they're preparing. From low-tech best practices to high-tech robots, infection control measures often include special protocols for dealing with bed linen. At some of America's top hospitals, a new kind of linen from Beantown Bedding is being deployed: eco-disposable and laundry-free.
In the Spotlight:
New York, Surge Capacity: "Hospitals have to muster extra staff, stockpile protective gear, equipment..and arrange myriad details — like...extra sheets."
Massachusetts, A Secret Warehouse: "Outside Boston sits a secret warehouse filled with hundreds of boxes labeled 'pandemic product.'"
North Carolina, Mobile Medical Units: "Supplies also included other such mundane items as folding chairs and tables, disposable pillows, linens, air mattresses and cots."
Michigan, Healthcare Community Prepares for Coronavirus: "Following comprehensive procedures for disinfecting patient rooms and removing/disposing of linens and cubicle curtains."