April 1: DAILY COVID-19 UPDATES

April 2, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

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

  • DAILY STATS
  • NEW ON PPE – VIDEO AND TRAINING SESSIONS (VIDEO)
  • YOUR SAFETY DURING A CODE BLUE
  • VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
  • SCRUBS SHORTAGE
  • UNIVERSAL ACCESS FOR GLUCOMETERS
  • ENTRANCE REMINDERS
  • CONTACTS FOR SUPPLIERS
  • CONVENIENT DELIVERY OF LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANING
  • OUR COMMUNITY CHIPS IN! (VIDEO)

DAILY STATS

Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 

NEW ON PPE

We want to respond to rumors and published reports concerning access to PPE. Employee safety is our top priority.  We currently have enough Personal Protection Equipment and have not denied anyone proper PPE. 

There is a world-wide shortage of PPE, and as we expect a continued surge of patients, PPE conservation is essential. We are following the CDC’s recommendations on how to use PPE in these circumstances.

Please take a few minutes to watch the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o9XYx5YVgE&feature=youtu.be

PPE training, including drop-in, continuous PPE demos, is occurring 24 hours a day April 1 through April 3, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on April 4 through April 7.  All training is conducted in the Towsley Center Lobby.

Important note: Michigan Medicine currently has enough PPE and does not support staff bringing in PPE/respiratory protection from home. There may be issues with functionality and fit.  If there are issues with the needs and quantities of PPE available on your unit, this needs to be brought through the department’s normal chain of command to address.

YOUR SAFETY DURING A CODE BLUE

In keeping with our guiding principle of maintaining staff safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminding staff of the following guidelines during Code Blue events.

Recognizing that cardiac arrest management is a high-risk period for possible transmission to health care workers, we ask that all staff involved in resuscitation follow the guidelines below: 

  • Enhanced PPE (i.e., gown, gloves, eye protection, and N95 or PAPR) should be donned and worn by all personnel entering the room of a patient requiring resuscitation. 
  • Limit personnel who are in the room. Only essential personnel should be in the room.
  • Crash carts on the inpatient units have a number of N95s on them. Additionally, the pediatric and adult rapid response teams are carrying an additional small supply of PPE.   
  • If a code team member comes to the unit and requires PPE, please share your supply as we are not stocking all individual departments nor personnel at this time. The units have a mechanism for being restocked; individuals do not. 

Donning PPE may slightly delay response in an emergent situation, but it is imperative that all providers don appropriate PPE before entering the room. 

Please talk to your manager or supervisor if you have any questions.

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

Another Virtual Town Hall will be held on Friday, 4/3 from 2 – 3 p.m. Leaders will provide updates on COVID-19 related activities, including plans to care for more COVID-19 patients and ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our workforce.

If you would like to submit questions in advance, send them to coronavirus-info@med.umich.edu with Subject: TOWN HALL QUESTION.

Attendee link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/eevfgfjx

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SCRUBS SHORTAGE

Given recent COVID activity, there have been increasing requests for hospital-issued scrubs.  This is resulting in significantly reduced inventory, and scrubs are becoming a scarce resource. Because of global demand for scrubs, our Supply Chain has not been able to replenish our supply.

Therefore, effective immediately, we are seeking staff and faculty support to help us align with our Michigan Medicine established scrub guidelines, as follows:

Hospital-issued scrubs should be requested and worn only by those who work in environments that perform surgical procedures (all ORs, PACUs, CSPD/CERD, Labor and Delivery) and invasive procedural suites (MPU, CPU, IR (all locations), offsite endoscopy centers), the Pharmacy Clean Room and the Regional Infectious Containment Unit (RICU).

We ask that those who are wearing hospital-provided scrubs outside the areas noted above, please return these scrubs.  We will provide bins at the employee entrances specific to scrub collection.  If you have sets of hospital owned scrubs at home, we ask that you bring these in as well so they may be laundered and provided to employees who must have them to function in their role.  We will no longer provide scrubs to employees outside the respective roles identified above.

Those who personally own their scrubs can continue to wear them and launder at home.

Thank you for your collective effort in helping us conserve scrubs.   

UNIVERSAL ACCESS FOR GLUCOMETERS

Pathology has approved an interim change to allow universal access to glucometers during the COVID pandemic for all users. Please continue to notify the department of new users (though the user will be able to operate the device before we put them in the system). Staff performing glucometer testing should follow standard process of entering UMID when using the glucometer.  For all new staff, supervisors should follow the standard process of assigning the Glucometer MLearning certification and notifying Point of Care,  PATH-POC-INPATIENT@med.umich.edu, when new users are on boarded. Please reach out to Pathology with additional questions.

ENTRANCE REMINDERS

Please remember to only use the authorized entry points that are staffed with health screeners.  We are receiving reports of staff members allowing other staff members to enter the facility through ‘exit-only’ locations, and hence, not being screened or provided a mask.  We must continue to protect the safety and wellness of our staff from every angle, follow the governmental and institutional guidelines and set the example.  Thank you for your understanding.

CONTACTS FOR SUPPLIERS

We want to thank the many employees who have been referring contacts from medical, automotive and other manufacturing companies to Michigan Medicine for potential suppliers for PPE and other products.  In order to ensure a centralized approach to collection and distribution of supplies, if you receive information on a potential opportunity to buy PPE or accept donations, please contact:

CONVENIENT DELIVERY OF LAUNDRY & DRY CLEANING

In these challenging times, having control over the simple, everyday needs can provide some stress relief to our front line faculty and staff. To support faculty and staff who are spending long hours at the hospital. Michigan Medicine has identified local laundry and dry cleaning services that are able to pick-up and deliver laundry at employees’ homes or near Michigan Medicine.  Please contact the service that is most convenient for you. There is no charge for the pick-up or delivery, only for the laundry/cleaning services. Thank you for all you do for our patients and families always and especially during this unprecedented time.

Iris Dry Cleaners
2268 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI
To schedule, call: Jay – 616-990-7991

Eureka Cleaners
Locations around Ann Arbor
To schedule, call: Jin- 734-239-4319

Martinizing of Ann Arbor
Multiple locations (Plymouth Rd, Stadium and Packard)
To schedule, call: 734-637-4757

OUR COMMUNITY CHIPS IN!

We asked and they delivered!  We made a request for the community to donate their unused PPE, gloves, lab coats, hand sanitizer and more. The response was outstanding. Watch a brief video that gives a “high five” to all of the generous donations:  https://youtu.be/S7su_YrsVJ4

Still have questions?

We are also posting all daily bulletins and policies on Michigan Medicine Headlines at https://mmheadlines.org/covid-19-updates/.  Please bookmark that site and refer to it throughout the day for the most up-to-date information. An FAQ for staff is also posted and updated frequently.

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.

Jeffrey Desmond, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

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