News | 9 March 2020

Coronavirus measures essential for continuing care

Maximising intake capacity through strict prevention

The preventive measures taken by Maastricht University Medical Center+ (Maastricht UMC+) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are essential in order to guarantee continuing care. The measures may be considered strict, but they are necessary to prevent a spike in the number of patients with the coronavirus, possibly resulting in a lack of capacity for other patient groups.

The number of patients infected with the coronavirus is continuing to rise in the Netherlands (and the rest of the world). For this reason, Maastricht UMC+ is taking various preventive measures. In addition to hygiene measures (e.g. regular hand-washing, coughing/sneezing into the crook of the elbow, and greeting without shaking hands), employees are strongly advised to cancel or postpone work-related trips and other journeys to high-risk areas. Among other moves, large meetings are being put on hold and the flow of visitors is being restricted by tightening the policy on parking in the car park.

Necessary
The undiminished concentration on the coronavirus could possibly be considered excessive, but it is of crucial importance in order for us to continue providing healthcare. Strict measures significantly increase the likelihood that cases of infection will spread more gradually. Failure to take any measures creates the risk of a sudden spike in the number of patients with the coronavirus, which would reduce the intake capacity for other patients. The measures adopted by Maastricht UMC+ will maximise capacity and keep healthcare staff available. Employees, patients and visitors can all make their own contribution toward the ultimate goal of curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the region.

For the latest information on the coronavirus and the measures taken, see the Maastricht UMC+ website and the RIVM website.