Daily COVID-19 Update: April 16, 2020
UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 16
BMC Total Inpatients:
Some patients with a discharge order had been mistakenly excluded from the inpatient census. This has been corrected as of today and has resulted in an increase in the data of 20 patients, but we have not had a large jump in our census. Rather, we have now just included another patient population as in-house COVID who were already in-house at BMC.
BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:
BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:
NEW: Patient Discharge Information
Starting tomorrow we will begin including COVID positive discharges and COVID positive extubations in the Bulletin. To-date we have discharged 251 COVID positive patients. While we continue to have many ill patients battling this virus and are prepared to care for more in the coming days, we are always encouraged when we are able to send a patient home to their loved ones.
NEW: Informative Video on N95 Reprocessing
In this short video, Nancy Gaden, Chief Nursing Officer, and Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Medical Director, Special Pathogens Unit, provide additional insight into the process that our new vendor, Battelle, is using for the decontamination of N95 respirators.
UPDATED: N95 Distribution
To ensure we have sufficient small 3M N95 masks for those staff who CANNOT fit test into any other brand, we are changing the way we are distributing small N95 masks. Please note:
- If you have not been fit-tested in the last 30 days and currently wear a small N95, you MUST go to Menino 2A/B between the hours of 6 am and 7:30 pm for fit-testing this week to see if we can fit test you into another brand. For those coming in after 7:30pm, please call transport at 4 – 5830 to have a mask delivered to you.
- Beginning Friday, April 17, small N95s will ONLY be available for individual pick-up from Menino 2A/B for staff who are confirmed to need a small N95.
- In work areas where a N95 is required, it is critical that you only use a 3M small N95 if you have been fit-tested within the last 30 days and the only mask that is appropriate for you is the 3M small N95.
NEW: BMC COVID-19 Virtual Family Support Center
The COVID-19 Virtual Family Support Center is dedicated to providing psychological first aid support to families of BMC COVID-19 patients. Families can call the center to speak with a clinician for on-demand support seven days a week. Support groups, bereavement groups, and support for family units and children can also be scheduled. For more information, contact the center via email at [email protected].
Telephonic support is available for families 24/7 at 617-414-7510.
As a reminder, 24/7 Psychological First Aid support is also available to all employees. Page #5804 (or call 617-638-5795 and put in the pager number when prompted) for a call back within 30 minutes. You can also email [email protected] to schedule a time to speak with someone.
REMINDER: COVID-19 Fraud in Massachusetts
Government agencies and other organizations are reporting an increase in COVID-19 scams targeting the general public and health care professionals. To protect your personal and financial information please take extra precautions when responding to requests for information or various solicitations, and follow the steps below:
- Be alert to unusual requests for payments and personal information, and periodically check your bank accounts for unauthorized activity.
- Be mindful of phishing schemes using the subject of coronavirus or COVID-19. Phishing emails use a threat or a reward to entice the recipient to click the link.
- If you suspect that you have received a phishing email, do not click on the link within the message or download any attachments. Report the email to [email protected]
- Do not download any new programs without the assistance of the Service Desk. Be aware of malware distribution using coronavirus or COVID-19- themed lures.
- Refer any unexpected requests from a government agency to [email protected] for review before responding.
REMINDER: Hotel Accommodations Now Available for All Staff Members Who Need Them
BMC has secured funding to support a number of overnight stays at hotels in close proximity to BMC at no cost to the employee/provider. We can now assist any BMC staff member who needs accommodations, especially if they are worried about cohabitation or are working long hours. Special accommodations are also available for all COVID positive or suspected staff that want to be isolated.
To request accommodations, send an email to [email protected] and copy your manager, stating the following: your name, a brief description of your need, and desired dates/anticipated duration for your stay. Kelly will support your accommodation process from start to finish, and may follow up with your manager, if necessary.
New Addition to the Bulletin
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we'll be sharing content at the bottom of the daily Bulletin to help keep you connected to the broad work taking place across BMC. These stories and posts – including quick video insights, social media posts, and content on our thought leadership platform – HealthCity – feature BMC subject matter experts and highlight the incredible work our colleagues are doing in the face of COVID-19.
Nursing Response in Surge
April 9: Kate Walsh, President and CEO, and Nancy Gaden, and Chief Nursing Officer, discuss the preparedness and response of our nursing team during this pandemic.
Watch on bmc.org.
The BMC Rooftop Farm is Back for Another Season
Farm Manager, Lindsay Allen (@rooftopfarmlady), is finding comfort in the routine of it all.