Stay up to date with current point of care platform offerings. Flu testing is available on a variety of testing platforms. From rapid lateral flow tests, reader assisted instrumentation, and molecular diagnostics, there is no shortage of testing options available to clinicians. Huber added that clinicians must balance multiple factors such as sensitivity/specificity, turnaround time, and economic implications when selecting the platform to meet their patients’ clinical needs. (Learn more about the solutions Cardinal Health has to meet flu testing needs here.)
Support workforce health. You can't care for sick patients if your staff is sick too, which is why it's crucial to follow adequate flu protection procedures.
“Staff should keep their scrubs separate from non-work clothes, including washing them separately,” advised Sue Champion, director of Clinical Operations at Cardinal Health. “Healthy eating habits, exercise, and adequate rest can also help make anyone less susceptible to contracting the influenza virus.”
Champion also recommended hospitals and other facilities follow the CDC's infection control basics, which include precautions such as performing hand hygiene, using personal protective equipment (this flu product prevention checklist can help ensure your shelves are stocked with all the right essentials), and limiting the transport and movement of patients.
Vaccinating employees also helps protect their health and reduce losses in productivity and revenue. During the 2017-2018 flu season, an estimated 18 million employed adults missed four, eight-hour shifts, costing employers approximately $15.4 billion.