An Extra Dose of Prevention
Adults with hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases may be especially vulnerable to coronavirus. We all have a role to play in stopping its spread and protecting the health of our patients.
TIPS FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
At your facility, use standard precautions, including disinfection of equipment, for all patients.
Triage and early detection of patients with cold and flu symptoms is important. Have them wait in a separate area if possible.
Reach out to your hypertension, diabetes, and other non-communicable disease (NCD) patients by text or phone to check in and make a plan for care.
In areas affected by the coronavirus outbreak, encourage patients to avoid health care facilities unless they have symptoms or other urgent needs to avoid unnecessary exposure.
For patients with cold and flu symptoms, use respiratory precautions* to avoid transmission of the virus.
For stable patients coming to your facility, dispense the longest-term prescription you can (90 days is ideal!)
Consider setting up a mobile pharmacy or medication dispensing unit for chronic NCD patients in the community and away from facilities where patients with illness are accessing care.