Encompass Health hospitals are a safe place to be and an important part of regaining your health. We have experience and expertise in caring for patients with all types of infectious diseases and have been doing so on a daily basis, following infection control protocols consistent with CDC guidelines and developing protocols that set the standard for infection control in the rehabilitation hospital setting. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, infection control preventionists at each hospital are elevating our existing practices.
A COVID Task Force was enacted early during the pandemic to evaluate recommendations from the CDC and other regulatory bodies and provide guidance to the organization to best comply with these recommendations. The task force, made up of physician, nursing, operational, risk, and legal leadership works to inform the company of the frequently changing guidance available.
We are assessing the situation daily to protect our patients, employees and visitors and making sure our clinicians are kept up-to-date on the current recommendations. We are taking the following actions in our hospitals as safety precautions.
Our patient and caregiver resources hub offers information on visitation restrictions, shares suggestions on how to stay connected and addresses other frequently asked questions.
Patients who are recovering from strokes, other debilitating conditions or injuries, or COVID-19 should receive therapy at a rehabilitation hospital. Our clinicians and support staff are knowledgeable in preventing the spread of the infection, while also allowing a patient to continue to receive the care, nutrition and therapy crucial to recovery.
Modifications have been made to therapy sessions in order to ensure the safety of our patients, such as developing customized treatment plans that limit the number of patients and employees in our therapy gyms to allow for proper social distancing and providing PPE to patients.
As a rehabilitation hospital, we have the unique ability to plan for the arrival of our patients in advance to prepare for your individual needs and create a successful and safe plan of care based on your treatment goals. We strive to provide a positive experience preparing you and your caregiver for a return home and to independence
At Encompass Health, we believe that ensuring the safety of our patients while maximizing their access to effective rehabilitation services best supports our mission of achieving excellent clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Historically, infection prevention and control practices were developed and intended for acute care hospitals, where a patient is typically confined to their room or other sterile environment, with little interaction with other patients. Such practices in a rehabilitation hospital could derail a patient’s recovery, causing them to miss therapy. A setting-specific infection control model that is specifically intended for implementation in rehabilitation hospitals didn’t exist.
We set out to change that. An interdisciplinary task force of Encompass Health clinicians developed a white paper. Through an evidence-based, highly effective and setting-specific infection prevention and control model, the white paper provides guidelines for addressing infectious disease issues in our inpatient rehabilitation hospitals.