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TJC releases advice to protect well-being of healthcare workers during pandemic

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 29, 2020

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By John Palmer

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in January, healthcare workers in U.S. hospitals have been working almost nonstop, often in high-stress environments without the proper support they need to do their jobs.

As usual, healthcare workers are asked to take on some of the hardest work during this pandemic, and many of them are doing so without taking enough breaks or getting enough sleep.

It’s taking a toll. You need only look at the nightly news to see photos and videos of exhausted healthcare workers working overlapping shifts to cover their colleagues—some of whom are getting sick themselves with the coronavirus.

It’s a given that work in the healthcare field is stressful. In normal times, healthcare staff are expected to do their jobs with competence while dealing with crisis situations that very few people in other industries experience.

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