The document provides a first insight into challenges and lessons learnt by hospital and healthcare employers, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. First commonalities between HOSPEEM Members are presented, followed by detailed information on the respective countries. The information collected ranged from May 2020 – 16 December 2020. Links to resources and references can be found in the footnotes.
The challenges and lessons learnt are clustered around four areas:
- Organisational challenges in terms of health workforce and shortages;
- Organisational challenges related to Personal Protective Equipment;
- The organisation of training for health workforce usually not working in the ICU setting;
- Risk assessment for the health workforce to assess their health status and “being fit for work”.