March 16 – DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE

March 16, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Good morning:

NEW TODAY: Here’s the latest information about Michigan Medicine’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic:

PATIENT PLACEMENT: We are properly isolating patients around our hospitals and health centers. Today we opened the Regional Infectious Containment Unit, which has up to 32 beds. Watch here for a leadership message about our current COVID-19 planning.

BLOOD BANK: There is a crucial need for blood donations. Donations have plummeted and organizations have cancelled blood drives. We don’t have a drive scheduled at Michigan Medicine at this time, but appointments can be scheduled at other locations, including one at the Michigan Union on Thursday, at redcross.org.

CLOTHING/SCRUBS: If you are wearing appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE), your regular street clothing and/or scrubs should not be contaminated. Hospital-issued scrubs will not be available for all patient care workers. Goggles and face shields can be reused after being wiped clean with oxivir.

PATHOLOGY UPDATE: Please use only one Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab in M4-RT for in house respiratory virus testing (Flu PCR screen or RPAN) AND for COVID testing, if ordered.

PEDIATRIC OPERATING ROOM VISITOR POLICY: For today, Monday, March 16, 2020, we will allow two primary caregivers to accompany the patient in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s Operating Room and procedure rooms. If the patient shows up with two primary caregivers to the OR, then they will be permitted to have those two with them.

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all patients arriving for ORs and procedure areas are permitted to have one person arriving with them for their operation or procedure, regardless of whether their eventual patient status is inpatient or outpatient.

As previously communicated, pediatric inpatients are permitted to have two parents/legal guardians with them.

Still have questions?

An FAQ is posted in Headlines and updated frequently. If you have specific questions about COVID19 and your work at Michigan Medicine, go to the Infection Prevention & Epidemiology page for updates.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for on these web pages, please email coronavirus-info@med.umich.edu and your question will be answered as quickly as possible.  Do not use this email for sharing patient health information.

Planning for COVID-19 impact remains is the organization’s main goal. Thanks for all you do to make employee and patient safety our top priority.

Jeffrey Desmond, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

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