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Preparing for COVID-19 at SBA: What you need to know

The leadership team at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital have been monitoring and preparing for the situation involving the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is rapidly moving across our country. We have been meeting multiple times daily and planning in conjunction with the Butler County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Hospital Association and the CDC to review current up to date information and recommendations. Our team is following the CDC’s Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool.

As this situation is very fluid, we are continually evaluating the new updates and guidelines as we plan and adapt our approach to this issue. We will continue to ensure our mission of providing compassionate, professional healthcare to the people we serve remains our top focus, as well as ensuring the safety of our patients, physicians and colleagues.

SBA Foundation establishes COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, many individuals and businesses are finding new and creative ways to support others. The SBA Foundation Board of Directors is excited to be able to offer another option with the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

This fund will support the ongoing efforts of SBAMH and its staff to provide much-needed care and treatment to the community during this time. Funds will go to help support needs related to the COVID-19 response. These could include such things as medical supplies, equipment for staff, patient needs and more.

Your donation can help make a difference in the lives of others during this trying time. If you would like to donate, please visit the Foundation website at www.sbamhfoundation.com/give, where you can give safely and securely. You also can send a check to the SBA Foundation, 720 W. Central Ave., El Dorado, KS 67042. Please designate it for the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

For more information, contact Holly Landon, Foundation Executive Director, at hlandon@sbamh.org or 913-209-2571.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a new disease thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet for 10 minutes or greater)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

 


 

How can you protect yourself?

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

 

Avoid close contact

 

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

 

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

cleaning a counter

 

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

 

SBA Visitor Restrictions

Beginning April 15, all visitors will be restricted

Exceptions include:

  • One support person is allowed for labor, delivery and postpartum patients.
  • One parent/guardian is allowed for pediatric patients.
  • One support person is allowed for
    cancer center treatments.
  • Patients coming to the emergency dept. may be accompanied by one person as needed for care. However, if the patient is admitted, the visitor will not accompany the patient to the inpatient unit.

Only one designated support person is allowed for the duration of the hospitalization and will be screened daily prior to entering.

End-of-life visitation needs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Family members of hospitalized patients may drop off essential personal items to patients between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Appropriate drop off items include phones, glasses, personal hygiene items and clothing. Essential personal items will be collected at the door and delivered to the patient by hospital staff. 

We absolutely value the role each family member and friend plays in the healing process of their loved one. However, we must protect our patients and staff by doing whatever we can as a community to help slow the spread by flattening the curve of COVID-19. We encourage all those wanting to show their support of a loved one at the hospital to do it through their preferred virtual platform. 


 

Coronavirus – COVID 19 Self-Assessment

When coming to SBA, plesae take the following self-assessment:

1. Have you had CLOSE CONTACT with someone who has been diagnosed with or is officially under investigation for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

2. Have you traveled internationally or been on a cruise ship on or after March 15, 2020?

3. Have you traveled outside of Kansas in the last 14 days? 

4. Do you currently have any of the following:
          Fever
          Cough
          Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing

If you answered YES to questions 1-3 and have any symptoms listed in question 4, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY RETURN TO YOUR VEHICLE and call the office you were heading to for further direction – or you may call 316-321-3300.


 

COVID-19 Testing

The following testing procedure is in place at SBA:

  • A provider must send a written or electronic order to the SBA Laboratory before scheduling outpatient specimen collection.
  • All COVID-19 Laboratory collections will be handled through patient’s vehicle. The patient will call when they arrive during the specified time.
  • Laboratory will collect specimens at SBAMH Ambulance entrance at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM only Monday through Friday. The exception for collection is with an Emergency Department physician order and an inpatient at the hospital which will be Sunday through Friday morning.
  • If a physician wants Lab to collect an Influenza or Strep specimen from a patient’s vehicle; order and patient information needs to be provided to the Laboratory prior to collection.
  • Turnaround time is 24-48 hours. 

Click here for more information and guidelines on testing from the CDC.


 

Telemedicine Visits

SBA is now offering virtual visits through telemedicine (telemedicine will be provided throughout the COVID-19 pandemic). Visit with a healthcare provider without leaving home. All you need is your computer, tablet or smartphone for a video chat or call via telephone, and a provider can see you without a trip to the office. 

Call Augusta Immediate Care Clinic at 316-558-5575, El Dorado Urgent Care at 316-452-5860 for a telemedicine visit! 

Providers include:
Matt Aitchison, PA-C
Hannah Cave, APRN
Elizabeth Cramer, APRN
Lindsay Depperschmidt, APRN
Caleb Grove, PA-C
Carla Hilton, APRN
Russ McCaig, PA-C
Meredith Stringer, APRN
Bill Wallace, APRN

Many issues can be addressed through telemedicine and it’s also a way to check in with a provider if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19. The goal is to prevent the spread of coronavirus, especially to those who are most vulnerable, older people and those with existing health conditions. Prices vary depending on your insurance. Check before your visit with the insurer or employer providing your coverage.

Safety Precautions Being Taken at SBA

Changes in the SBA Cafe

The Café is OPEN  but SEATING is closed at this time. Please keep a distance of 6 feet while in line. You must wash hands prior to entering.

CHAMPSS Program Changes

CHAMPSS MEALS WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE AS A PICK UP/TAKE OUT MEAL.

How to get a CHAMPSS meal:

DO NOT ENTER THE HOSPITAL TO GET A MEAL - This procedure becomes effective on Monday, March 30th

The café menu is available online at www.sbamh.com - you can check the online menu and call the Nutrition Services Diet Office at 316-321-5124 with your order. If you do not have access to the online menu, we will offer the daily special you can select when you call to order your meal. 

This service will be available Monday-Friday only; clients can order and pick up additional meals to cover the weekend. The Department on Aging has agreed to allow CHAMPSS clients to pick-up more than one meal/day.

Meals will be packaged and available for pick up on the East side of the hospital outside the café door, near the café windows from 11:00 to 11:15 a.m. Staff will be watching for you and bring your meal to you. Please bring your badge so we can scan to track meals served.  The meals you pick up will be deducted from your account.

Participants will be able to add future meals to existing accounts when picking up meals.  We can take cash, checks or credit cards for the correct amount only. Do not enter the hospital to add meals to your account.

Thank you for your cooperation, we are working to continue making CHAMPSS meals available to you while also meeting safety guidelines for all involved!


 

SBA Home Health statement regarding COVID-19

We know you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and how it may impact your patients, residents, employees and families. Ensuring patients are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our priority at Susan B. Allen.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter any facility, community or homes of our home health patients.

We have immediately implemented these measures to remain abundantly proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • We take daily temperature readings for all employees and when entering a facility or community.
  • We will adhere to policies for screening and monitoring including symptom monitoring and temperature checks.
  • We are monitoring for respiratory symptoms, which include dry cough and shortness of breath for all employees working with patients or in contact with facility staff and visitors.
  • We will keep our staff assignments as consistent as possible in clinical care area.
  • Our team participates in all of the recommended precautions for hand washing and other hygiene etiquette recommended by the CDC.
  • We will reduce any group meetings and unnecessary travel for employees to minimize exposure.

If an individual is identified as positive for elevated temperature or respiratory symptoms, our clinical team will be notified immediately for additional screening and follow-up per our COVID-19 screening protocols. This will include informing you if the employee had contact with any of your patients or residents.

We realize that you need to implement precautionary measures and we assure you ours are some of the most stringent in the industry. Most of CMS’s guidelines are around restricting visitors who are not care providers and does encourage hospice and home care workers to continue in their care roles as long as they follow the guidelines and use PPE properly.

Our team is happy to review these guidelines and discuss our policies.  For questions or concerns, please call 316-322-4540.


 

COVID-19 FAQ

Find the Frequently Asked Questions from the CDC here.

Information for Healthcare Professionals

Click here for information for healthcare professionals from the CDC.

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