Preventing Intra-hospital Infection and Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Health-care Workers

Saf Health Work. 2020 Jun;11(2):241-243. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2020 Mar 24.


Coronavirus disease 2019 poses an occupational health risk to health-care workers. Several thousand health-care workers have already been infected, mainly in China. Preventing intra-hospital transmission of the communicable disease is therefore a priority. Based on the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety model, the strategies and measures to protect health-care workers in an acute tertiary hospital are described along the domains of work task, technologies and tools, work environmental factors, and organizational conditions. The principle of zero occupational infection remains an achievable goal that all health-care systems need to strive for in the face of a potential pandemic.

Keywords: Coronavirus; Occupational health; SEIPS.