Coronavirus updates from Alliance partners

Valleywise Health
 

Conserving Personal Protective Equipment

Valleywise Health is implementing a combination of approaches recommended by CDC to conserve personnel protective equipment (PPE).

Follow these procedures:

When exiting contact/DROPLET + eye protection using goggles

While in the patient’s room, remove gown, gloves and face mask, exit the room and perform hand hygiene.

Outside patient room, don gloves, use a germicidal wipe to prepare a surfaceupon which the eye goggles will be placed and remove goggles. Reusable eye goggles are disinfected using a germicidal wipe while observing manufacturers contact time for use. Goggles can be assigned to isolation room and used by multiple health care workers (HCW).

When exiting contact/AIRBORNE +eye protection using goggles

While in the patient’s room, ONLY remove gown then gloves and exit the room.

Outside patient room, don gloves, use a germicidal wipe to prepare a surface upon which the eye goggles will be placed and remove goggles. Reusable eye goggles are disinfected using a germicidal wipe while observing manufacturers contact time per instructions. Doff gloves, perform hand hygiene and proceed to removal of N95 respirator per doffing protocol and place in labeled brown bag. Perform hygiene to move to next patient care task. Goggles can be assigned to isolation room and used by multiple HCW.

Regarding re-use of face shields

For N95 respirator preservation purposes, face shields are to be reserved to wear over the N95 mask in airborne isolation room especially when performing aerosolizing procedures.

Full face shields are dedicated to individual HCW personnel as foam piece and elastic head band cannot be adequately disinfected between personnel. Avoid using germicidal wipe on foam and elastic bands.

When exiting contact/airborne + eye protection using face shield:

While in the patient’s room, ONLY remove gown then gloves and exit the room.

Outside patient room:

  • Perform hand hygiene, don gloves, use a germicidal wipe to prepare a surface upon which the face shield will be placed. Remove face shield and disinfect before placing it on the prepared designated surface. The front is potentially contaminated, so remove carefully by bending forward and using the elastic band.
  • Doff gloves, perform hand hygiene and proceed to removing N95 respirator carefully per N95 doffing protocol and place in brown bag. Perform hygiene and move to next patient care task.
  • Store reused full face shield in a designated space. Discard once integrity is lost.

Behavioral Health

All new admissions to Behavioral Health will be tested for COVID-19 until further notice to mitigate the possible spread of infection in those areas. New admission units have been established at Valleywise Behavioral Health Centers – Maryvale and Mesa to provide dedicated spaces for these efforts. Telehealth visits are currently being piloted for encounters with physicians and patients. 

Outpatient Appointments

While patients are being contacted to reschedule non-critical screening and/or wellness visits, no patients presenting to the FQHCs will be turned away in order to ensure Valleywiseh Healrth is meeting the needs of the community. Patients walking into the clinics without an appointment will be screened and then routed appropriately based upon a triage process. COVID-19 testing is currently not taking place in the outpatient FQHCs to preserve supplies. 

Working from Home

In an effort to limit physical contact in the workplace, more employees who can effectively perform their job functions remotely are preparing to work from home. IT leaders estimate nearly 400 employees will be working remotely within the next 10-12 days. Clinical teams will remain on the front lines, but the on-site staff reduction will help practice social distancing while remaining committed to exceptional patient care. 

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Leadership Rounding

Leadership from St. Joseph’s Incident Command Center has been rounding throughout the hospital, sharing information with employees, addressing concerns, and answering questions. The Incident Command Center is open 24/7 to effectively and efficiently respond and plan for COVID-19 challenges.

Dress for Success

Correctly donning and doffing PPE is imperative to your safety. If you need a refresher on the best way to “dress for success,” click here.