COVID19 Provider Orders
Last Updated: February 17, 2023
UPDATES FROM THE INFECTION PREVENTION TEAM
- We are asking all employees to use readily available business tools, like Skype for Business, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing to participate in meetings from their office or workstation, thus, minimizing the need for large groups of employees to gather in small spaces.
- When face-to-face meetings are necessary, the CDC recommends expanding personal space boundaries to three to six feet and avoiding the practice of shaking hands.
HELPFUL TOOLS AND RESOURCES
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
SAFETY EQUIPMENT & PREVENTION
OUTPATIENT COVID TREATMENT OPTIONS:
TESTING CENTER MATERIALS
EXTENDED USE AND LIMITED REUSE OF DISPOSABLE FACEMASK
INFLUENZA (FLU) VACCINE
3rd Dose Guidance
* DOWNLOAD: Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccine Providers (as of 8/17/21)
* DOWNLOAD: Health Advisory for Additional Dosing During COVID-19 (as of 8/17/21)
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
STAFF HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- Stay up-to-date on flu and pneumonia vaccinations
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands frequently with soapy water
- Stay home and call a provider if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms
Employees and other St. Lawrence Health individuals who travel to areas with concern for COVID-19 should seek clearance from Employee Health Services prior to returning to work. A new hotline is being established for employees who need clearance.
IDENTIFY, ISOLATE, AND INFORM
Please follow control measures in place at St. Lawrence Health.
IDENTIFY: IDENTIFY EXPOSURE HISTORY, SIGNS, AND SYMPTOMS.
The St. Lawrence Health task force is continuing to optimize and has incorporated updated screening for at-risk patients into our existing registration process. In addition, our health system has implemented new testing protocols and isolation policies.
Things to Know:
- Screening questions have been updated in all patient registration processes to include screening for risk factors of COVID-19 exposure. These are IN ADDITION to current screening processes for Ebola virus disease and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.
- Be sure to follow questions prompted in the registration process. Omitting parts of the screening process may result in a missed opportunity to identify an at-risk patient.
- Employees who travel to areas with concern for COVID-19 should seek clearance from Employee Health Services prior to returning to work. We are working to establish an employee hotline.
ISOLATE: ISOLATE THE PATIENT AND DETERMINE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) NEEDED.
Things to Know:
- Assure patients with respiratory illness symptoms are provided and wear a procedure mask as quickly as possible after entering a healthcare site. Physically separate these patients from other patients, ideally by placing in a private room. Use DROPLET and STANDARD precautions.
- Patients with respiratory illness OR fever, AND travel history to an affected area OR contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must promptly be placed in a private room or negative pressure airborne isolation room for further screening.
- Follow CONTACT, AIRBORNE, and STANDARD precautions.
- To conserve current masking supplies, mask use needs to meet criteria for clinical appropriateness. Please don’t misuse masks.
- N95 respirators should be used only for patients on AIRBORNE precautions. N95s should not be used for influenza-like illness (ILI) or other respiratory illnesses spread through droplet route.
INFORM: IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE HOSPITAL INFECTION PREVENTION TEAM AND ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE STAFF