Year: 2021

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N95 Fit Testing

Over the course of the past two years, Kettering Health has evolved into a blended N95 and PAPR organization. As a result, OSHA requires annual N95 fit testing to assure we are providing a maximum level of protection to our work force members. To complete the mandatory compliance, we ask required work force members to: Complete an…

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What They Need You to Know: Life on COVID’s Frontlines (Again)

The COVID unit on the third floor of Kettering Medical Center pulses with quiet, focused activity. Muffled conversations, spoken through N95 masks, bounce between nurses and physicians. Everyone moves in calculated harmony: checking charts, scanning screens, and reviewing results. One thing is clear: they’ve done this before. Past the nurses’ station, where the fluorescent lighting…

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Vaccine Requirement Reminder

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are preparing to issue new COVID-19 vaccine requirements that will impact employers like Kettering Health. We anticipate that these agencies will issue these requirements and provide more details (e.g. timing, testing for unvaccinated employees, etc.) in the next few weeks. We will continue to monitor these…

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Tube Shortage

To address a worldwide blood tube shortage, the following initiatives will be put in place: All outpatient areas will utilize gold-top tubes instead of light green. Extra tubes will not be drawn. Emergency Departments and inpatient draws will be modified to draw only one light green tube instead of two. Gold-top tubes will only be…

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Criteria to Remove COVID-19 Patients from Isolation

For severely immunocompromised patients or those on >6 LPM of O2, BiPAP, HHF, or a ventilator: 20 days from symptom onset or test date (whichever came first) For all others: 10 days from symptom onset or test date (whichever came first) The same criteria apply at admission as to whether or not a patient needs…

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Update: Documentation of SARS-CoV-2 Test Result for Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

The following are acceptable methods for documenting COVID-19 for patients being treated with monoclonal antibody products in Kettering Health facilities:   A positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 in the EPIC chart within the last 10 days (results tab, scanned into the Media tab, or in Care Everywhere)  Provider documentation that the patient had a positive test result…

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COVID Testing Drive-Thru Update

Patients require an order and appointment.  The order must include the following:  Patient’s Name Date of Birth Diagnosis Order number (98416), if sending a patient to the COVID drive-thru at Southview or Huber And it must be signed by the physician. Drive-thru hours   Southview  Monday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.    Tuesday: 9 a.m. –5 p.m.    Wednesday: 7 a.m. –3 p.m.    Thursday: 7 a.m. –3…

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COVID Testing Order by Infection Preventionist

To remain compliant with Health and Human Services, we must have proof of COVID infection in each patient’s medical record that is being treated as a COVID patient. We are experiencing patients presenting to the Emergency Departments with history of positive tests and symptoms consistent with infection that require admission. The infection preventionist at each campus reviews these charts for…

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