The Pennsylvania Department of Health has tapped ECRI, the Plymouth Meeting-based nonprofit, to help operators of long-term care centers battle the new strain of the coronavirus, writes John George for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
ECRI is an independent research organization that focuses on protecting patients from unsafe and ineffective medical technologies and practices.
It has signed a contract to provide individualized infection control and prevention assistance to nursing and personal care homes in Pennsylvania.
Long-term care centers are sites of around half of the state’s coronavirus-related deaths. As a result operators have come under fire for not taking enough precautionary measures to protect both patients and staff from coronavirus.
“One of our most vulnerable populations in Pennsylvania is those in nursing home facilities,” said Pa. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “Partnering with ECRI will help us continue to provide the necessary resources to those on the front line of the COVID-19 response in facilities across the state.”
In addition to working with long-term care providers across the state, ECRI is also assessing the quality and effectiveness of the personal protective equipment purchased by Pennsylvania to protect patients and medical workers.
Read more about ECRI at the Philadelphia Business Journal by clicking here.