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Best Practice Alert (BPA) for COVID-19 Testing
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Best Practice Alert (BPA) for COVID-19 Testing

There is now a BPA (Best Practice Advisory) that will fire in Epic when a COVID-19 test is ordered. This will fire upon picking the order. Please follow the instructions below when placing the order. Workflow: Upon picking the COVID-19 Order, the clinician will see the below BPA. “Remove” will be auto defaulted, so if “Accept” is…

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UPDATE: PPE Protocol for Airway Procedures – Suspected and/or Positive COVID-19 Patients Only

INTRAOPERATIVE PATIENT CARE Either an N95 mask or powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR), if unable to wear the N95, will be worn by all staff members and physicians when performing one of the following procedures: Tracheostomy Bronchoscopy EGD Lung Resection Laryngeal Surgery Oropharyngeal Surgery The designated process to obtain N95 masks or PAPR for each facility…

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Cardiac Diagnostic Testing

As per state of Ohio guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following recommendations will be made concerning appropriateness of ordering and performing outpatient transesophageal echocardiograms, echocardiograms and stress tests at Kettering Health Network sites. The echocardiogram or stress test provides essential information that may guide further patient management decisions in situations where there is: Threat…

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Guidance on Use of Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is designed to prevent health care workers from acquiring infectious agents from patients in health care settings.  Its proper use is critical to protect both staff and patients. Scientific data supports the droplet route as the primary mode of transmission of SARS CoV-2 which is the causative agent of COVID-19.  For…

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PPE Protocol for Airway Procedures

INTRAOPERATIVE PATIENT CARE Either an N95 mask or powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR), if unable to wear the N95, will be worn by all staff members and physicians when performing one of the following procedures: Tracheostomy Bronchoscopy EGD Lung Resection Laryngeal Surgery Oropharyngeal Surgery The designated process to obtain N95 masks or PAPR for each facility…

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Mobile Care Transport of Suspected and Confirmed COVID-19 Patients

Mobile Care has updated its procedures for clinical transport abilities specifically related to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. The changes outlined below are effective immediately.   Patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 can no longer be transported in BiPAP or CPAP.   If a patient presents with hypoxia, they can be provided supplement oxygen via nasal cannula, simple face mask, or nonrebreather…

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Patient Privacy

Patient privacy and the advocacy for patient privacy have never been more important than it is at this moment. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has relaxed many of the security rule provisions, which will allow for more efficient and expedited treatment of patients in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic….

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Physician Contingency

For your safety and the safety of our patients, we are developing a contingency plan for physicians and advanced practice providers which may be needed in a time of crisis.   Click here for a link to a survey which contains questions about willingness and comfort to provide patient care in acute or ambulatory settings. Completing…

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Staffing and Attendance Guidelines for SRO Float Pool

Staffing Resource Center (SRO) coordinates staffing with the Incident Command Center in an effort to maximize our staffing resources throughout Kettering Health Network and ensure that operations continue without interruption to serve our communities as we respond to COVID-19. The following guidelines and expectations apply to those serving in the Staffing Resource Float Pool in…


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