Provider Update for Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Please see below for the latest updates regarding COVID-19 for the Baptist system.

  • Cases in region
  • Changes to PPE Process:
    • No changes in our current process
  • Screening:
    • We are screening every Baptist employee and visitor prior to entering each facility
  • Testing:
    • Testing is now available through commercial labs including AEL, QUEST, LabCorp
    • Work is ongoing to setup drive-through and at-home testing in many areas
    • Current testing recommendations
      • Test individuals with Temperature of 100.4 with Influenza-Like-Illness (ILI)
      • Symptomatic individuals with exposure to or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19
      • Symptomatic individuals with travel to a CDC Level 3 area (Europe, UK, Ireland, China, South Korea, Iran)
  • BOC COVID-19 Changes
    • Physician order is now available in Epic: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by RT-PCR, High Risk
      • Use high risk test for patients that meet the screening guidelines
      • Can consult pharmacy for change of aerosols to MDI’s if indicated
      • Includes new isolation orders if not already present
    • New isolation type of Enhanced Respiratory Precautions to be used for COVID positive or COVID suspected patients
      • New BPA will fire if COVID-19 test ordered and patient not currently in isolation
      • New status in story board for COVID-19 positive or suspected patients
      • Banner will also be displayed on the ED track board
    • New note template for COVID-19 suspected patients
    • New .covid19ptinstr Smartphrase for patient instructions
    • New .covid19caregiverinstr Smartphrase for patient caregiver instructions

Thank you,

Henry Sullivant MD, VP-System CMO
Mark Swanson MD, VP-President Baptist Medical Group
Jake Lancaster MD, CMIO

"These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." - Thomas Paine