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Inpatient Rehab Visitor Hours

Many of our patients on the Inpatient Rehabilitation units have medical conditions that put them at a very high risk of becoming sick with COVID-19. In order to best protect those patients and our care teams, we will be implementing new visiting hours. Visitors will now be allowed from 1-6 p.m., with exceptions for caregiver training and certain compassionate-care…

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Transport of Laboratory Specimens from Patients with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Infection

Because of the potential for exposure to infectious aerosols or droplets, it is not recommended to transport respiratory specimens from patients suspected to have, or confirmed to have, COVID-19 through the pneumatic tube system (PTS). Examples of respiratory specimens include  •Nasopharyngeal (NP) and oropharyngeal (OP) swabs  •Nasal mid-turbinate (NMT) swabs •Anterior nares swabs •Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal aspirate •Pleural fluids •Tracheal and lower respiratory…

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COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing Update

Effective today, patients going to Kettering Health Network drive-thru sites for COVID-19 testing should schedule appointments through MyChart. To schedule an appointment, patients should follow the steps below:  Log into MyChart. Go to the “Visit” icon at the top of the page.  If you are using the MyChart app, click “Appointments.” Select “Schedule an Appointment.”  Select “Covid Drive-thru Testing.” Answer the questions.  Select the location. Select…

Network Recommendations – Repeat SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Patients with a Documented Prior Infection
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Network Recommendations – Repeat SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Patients with a Documented Prior Infection

CDC observation- Research         Positive patients  Mild to moderate disease  Severe disease or severely immunosuppressed    Positive PCR test SARS-CoV-2  Do not harbor live virus   > 10 days   Donot harbor live virus >20 days               Research      Findings  Repeat infection SARS-CoV-2  world wide      Documented only once…

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Updated Screening Process for Employees and Physicians

As of Friday, October 9, employee and physician screening will be discontinued. Employees and physicians working on-site will no longer be screened as they enter the building but will be required to complete daily self-monitoring for COVID-19-related symptoms. To complete the daily symptom assessment, follow the guidelines below:  Take your temperature with a thermometer each day. If you have…

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HHS Order Changes

As of August 1, the United States Department of Health and Human Services required seven questions to be asked on orders for COVID-19 tests, and for those answers to be reported. The questions are:  Is this your first test?  Are you a health care employee?  Are you symptomatic as defined by the CDC?  Date of…

Safety First Reminders
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Safety First Reminders

As we continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our teams and our patients remains a top priority. By putting safety first, we can all help reduce the spread in our community—including among our own team members.  In addition to consistent handwashing and masking, there are a few areas within our facilities where we…

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Inpatient Rehab Admission Update

As COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations continue to evolve, Kettering Health Network Inpatient Rehab has updated their admission requirements as indicated below:  Patients with a history of COVID-19: Network Inpatient Rehab admissions for patients with a history of COVID-19 will defer to the Incident Command protocol as outlined in the email sent on 9/21/20 based on CDC guidelines.  Patients admitted to Inpatient Rehab will need to…

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Kettering Health Network Recommendations for Repeat SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Patients with a Documented Prior Infection

There is excellent data showing that while patients can remain positive on PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, these patients do not harbor live virus after 10 days (mild/moderate disease or asymptomatic) or 20 days (severe disease or severely immunosuppressed). In addition, repeat infection with SARS-CoV-2 has only been documented once or twice worldwide.  For these reasons…

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Network Room Placement for Patients Admitted who Have Previously Been Infected with SARS-CoV-2

KHN is following CDC and ODH guidance regarding the need for respiratory/droplet isolation for patients who are admitted and had a previously documented COVID-19 illness or asymptomatic positive test for SARS-CoV-2.  Non-test-based strategy for determining isolation for patients admitted who have previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2  Standard Precautions can be used for patients with prior mild-to-moderate illness…


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