How Phynd Clients are
We’ve seen many of our clients take proactive, innovative and in many
cases unprecedented steps to tackle the virus. Here’s some bright lights
and good news worth reading in this challenging time:
Parkland Hospital in Dallas, the primary teaching hospital of the the UT Southwestern Health Medical School, began driving-through testing for COVID-19 onMonday, March 16. In addition, they have implemented a no visitor policy on their campus, with a few exceptions.
Yale New Haven Health has set up a call center to answer patients’ questions regarding COVID-19 and to assess patient’s health over the phone or video. These call centers allow patients to get the information they need, without risking exposure to others, should they have the virus. Additionally, YNHH is now providing testing for patients who have COVID-19.
Renown Health has set up triage tents on its emergency room parking lot to help aid with the process of screening patients. The screening of every ER patient will help protect patients in the emergency department, other areas of the hospital, and healthcare workers.
University of Michigan Medicine has begun in-house testing for COVID-19 with same day results. In addition, they have deployed a response program called Regional Infectious Containment Unit (RICU), opened a 32-bed isolation unit and are offering employees an additional 120 hours of PTO for those that need to quarantine.
Ballad Health has set up an emergency team to manage its response to COVID-19. Ballad’s Corporate Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) will function as the decision maker to make quick and purposeful decisions regarding their supplies and the policies they use to combat the virus across all facilities. Secondly, Ballad has set up a free, 24 hour call center, for patients experiencing mild symptoms and wish to speak with a health care professional.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center will pause all elective surgeries as the virus continues to spread. This strategy aims to preserve overtaxed medical staff and personal protective equipment needed for health care workers combatting the virus.
UC Irvine and UC San Diego are supporting UC Health as they develop their own test. UC San Diego has partnered with 5 diagnostics manufactures to increase their testing capacity for COVID-19 to up to 1,500 tests a day. UCI will soon be implementing in-house testing.
Memorial Healthcare System has set up drive-through testing where certain people will be able to get tested for free. The mission is to offer individuals, specifically those must vulnerable, a solution that provides them with the easiest way to gain access to testing.
Duke Health researchers have found a way to decontaminate N95 respirator masks. Each mask is able to undergo this process 50 times, however Duke will not reuse them more than 30 times in an abundance of caution.
UNC Health Care has developed a COVID-19 diagnostic test based on the World Health Organization assay. Use of this test by UNC will enable the state health department lab increase their testing capabilities. UNC Health Care has heightened visitor restrictions, stating no visitors will be allow in any inpatient areas until for further notice. There are a few exceptions.
Hospital for Special Surgery has created a list of essential surgeries which identifies surgeries in which any delay could pose a threat to patients' lives or limbs. Additionally, HSS has said that it will make itself available to receive orthopedic cases that other hospitals can no longer handle.