Currently, we are offering COVID-19 TESTING by appointment at our Baptist clinics. Please note you may experience longer wait times due to high volume when calling our clinics. Check back for further updates.

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

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