Addressing Healthcare Provider Stress
Protecting Against COVID-19
Health professionals are among the groups at greatest risk of contracting COVID-19 and of experiencing work-related stress and fatigue. The American Medical Association offers the below tips from Dr. Mark Linzer, director of the Institute for Professional Work Life at Hennepin Healthcare and professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Find the complete article here.
- Take care of basic needs. Eat healthy meals and snacks. Drink water. Sleep. Tend to hygiene.
- Be aware of hours worked. To reduce the risk of burnout, health systems should make sure breaks are provided and taken.
- Support mental health. Learn about the effects of stress and ways to reduce it through means such as resiliency training, meditation, or counseling. Health systems should provide lists of mental health resources.
- Leadership should show compassion and empathy about the overwhelming amount of information surfacing each day and fears of catching COVID-19 and passing it to family members, colleagues, or others.
- Redistribute workloads as needed. Physicians and other healthcare workers who are home with children or due to a COVID-19 exposure can manage electronic in-basket work while workers in the hospital can manage sick people.
- Maintain a culture of wellness. Leaders can help reduce stress in clinicians, and the system can watch out for leaders’ needs to refresh and sustain. Be supportive of work being done and stress how important it is, and consider cross training, rotating leadership, and forced time away from work.
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.
- Stay home
- Practice Social Distancing
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
- Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
- Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
- Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
- Call before visiting your doctor
- Practice good hygiene habits
If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
CLEAN ALL "HIGH-TOUCH" SURFACES EVERY DAY
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.