Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2020 Aug;29(3):202-207. 10.5807/kjohn.2020.29.3.202.

Improvement of Infection Control System in Long-term Care Facilities after the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

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  • 1Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Konyang University, Daejeon, Korea

Abstract

Purpose
COVID-19 infections have been erupting in places of worship, long-term care facilities, and call centers in Korea since January 2020. This study aims to diagnose and present an infection control system solution for long-term care facilities where at-risk elderly individuals are actively engaged in communal life.
Methods
We conducted comparative analyses of infection control systems between long-term care facilities and medical institutions respective of relevant laws and this study’s evaluation system.
Results
To prepare for future infectious diseases, it is necessary to establish a long-term care facility infection control system and strengthen the standards thereof, to strengthen long-term care facility evaluation standards and to newly establish medical charges for infection control.
Conclusion
Systematic procedure fortification and financial support provisions are necessary for infection control at long-term care facilities.

Keyword

Coronavirus-19; Long-term care facilities; Elderly; Infection control
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