This helpful resource provides definitions and instructions for ancillary or support staff who need to enter a room of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient. This resource sets out procedures that must be followed before, during and after entering the room.
The COVID Vaccine Planning Committee needs your help. Watch your email inbox for an invitation to fill out a COVID vaccine interest survey. When you get the request, please respond as quickly as possible. The survey is short, only four questions. Your responses will help the committee in developing a vaccine distribution plan.
Information shared yesterday regarding N95 masks caused some questions as to whether we had changed our policy on when to wear an N95 mask. Our policy on that has not changed. Read the policy.
If you need to wear an N95 mask for patient care, it must be one provided by UK HealthCare
At this time, UK HealthCare does not permit bedside staff to use any respirator that has not been provided and fit-tested by the UK HealthCare Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and the Employee Health team. Read more…
If you need an N95 respirator replacement, please contact Materials Management at 859-323-5645.
As a reminder, any health care worker in a patient room when an aerosolizing procedure is being conducted must don a properly fitted N95 respirator, even if the patient is known COVID-negative.
Q: Would you consider putting on more lab testing machines to spin COVID tests? Wait times for patient test results is very long for patients coming in for surgery on weekends.
A: We assume this question is related to rapid testing capability (those that take an hour to run once the specimen is in the laboratory). We have a very limited number of rapid COVID tests available. The rate limiting factor is not the number of instruments available for the testing but the number of actual tests of this type that we are able to get from the manufacturer. Read more…
Q: We have had visitors who are not truthful about their COVID status in order to see their family member.
A: We have processes in place to screen each visitor and check their ID to ensure they are an approved visitor. We have to assume positive intent and trust that our visitors will be truthful. Read more…
Q: What were the ratios you were discussing? 2/3 Acute and 1/3 ICU? Can you discuss again the ratios of 2/3 acute and 1/3 ICU? How does this impact us?
A: This number represents the mix of ICU and acute COVID-19 patients we are seeing during this recent surge. In the spring, it was about ½ ICU and ½ acute, our current numbers are 1/3 ICU and 2/3 acute. Read more…
The safety of our patients and caregivers remains our top priority. We want to assure patients that our facilities are safe for them to receive care.
We have taken steps to increase safety by:
- Limiting visitors to our facilities.
- Screening everyone for potential COVID-19 symptoms.
- Providing essential personal protective equipment (PPE) for caregivers.
- Practicing physical distancing.
- Expanding testing locations.
- Continuing to clean and disinfect surfaces frequently.
- Requiring our caregivers to wear face shields and masks in clinical areas.