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N95 and Goggle Distribution to Clinical Areas

Please see the details and answers to frequently asked questions below regarding distribution of N95 and goggles for clinical areas. Contents:  Stocked by Materials Management and delivered to designated units  1 – N95 mask placed in a brown paper bag  Goggles – one-time supply provided to the designated units  What units are receiving kits?  Emergency departments  ICUs  Designated units…

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Physician Credentialing

Dear Colleagues:  We are continuing to monitor all resources as this pandemic unfolds. As health care providers, we are in uncharted waters, and many of us are being asked to step out of our personal comfort zone.   As you may be aware, Kettering Health Network has consolidated services in our surgical units. We have kept OR times available at all our…

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Hydroxychloroquine—Decision Document

Currently, Kettering Health Network has hydroxychloroquine inventories in two different locations:  hospitals and retail pharmacies.  The current inventory levels are: hospitals 3,975 tablets; and retail pharmacies 2,877 tablets.  The network has three potential patient populations that could have HOCQ orders or prescriptions. Inpatients with positive COVID-19 test Employees with prescriptions who test positive to COVID-19…

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Surgical Mask Covers

We are partnering with local community groups and extending an invitation to our volunteers and employees who sew to produce cloth mask covers. These cloth mask covers would be worn over surgical masks to help sustain the functionality of surgical masks and support employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employee Use of Cloth Mask Covers…

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Employee Notice: PPE Reminders

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, staff and patient safety remain a priority. As our Employee Health team responds to and investigates COVID-19 exposures, we have identified that several recent exposures were related to improper or incomplete use of PPE.   Recent COVID-19 exposures highlight behavioral drift in correct use of PPE and proper handwashing. Employees…

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Admission Criteria for Suspected COVID Patients in the Emergency Department

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate disease and do not require hospital care. The following are objective criteria which can be used to help aid in decision making regarding whether a patient with suspected COVID-19 infection requires inpatient care:  CURB 65 score > 2 or Pneumonia Severity Index a score of >90 indicate likely benefit from hospital stabilization.  Both…

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Mask Covers

We have received multiple requests asking for permission to use mask covers made by volunteers for staff to wear over surgical masks. We are currently engaging with volunteers to make mask covers and keep them on standby for potential future use. We will identify when we will start using these in the future as we…

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Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Guideline

Increasing evidence suggests that COVID-19 often presents with cardiac arrest in all age groups, whether through respiratory failure or myocarditis-induced mechanisms. Patients can present in any rhythm; thus VF/VT does not preclude COVID-19 as a culprit. We must ensure safety of providers during resuscitation events. Click here to view a chart outlining guidelines for out-of-hospital…

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Surgery Consolidation Updates

Due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), we are consolidating operating rooms in addition to the previous changes to elective procedures. State-mandated criteria for the procedures will be:  Threat to patient’s life if surgery is not performed Threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system Risk of metastasis or progression of staging Risk…


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