Back to the Future: Principles on Resuming Outpatient Services in the COVID-19 Era

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Jun 2;194599820933597. doi: 10.1177/0194599820933597. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

The rapidly changing health care climate related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has resulted in numerous changes to health care systems and in practices that protect both the public and the workers who serve in hospitals around the country. As a result, these past few months have seen a drastic reduction in outpatient visits. With phased reopening and appropriate guidance, health care systems are attempting to return to normal. The experiences and lessons learned are described, and we provide guiding principles to allow for a safe and effective return to outpatient care.

Keywords: COVID 19; communication; quality improvement; safety checklist.