Daily COVID-19 Update: May 11, 2020
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NEW: Changes to COVID-19 Updates
As we continue to care for COVID-19 patients, we know that we will also be caring for an increasing number of non-COVID patients as the City and State start to “re-open” and as we reach out to patients who have had to delay care because of the pandemic. This afternoon, Governor Baker issued his four-phase re-opening plan for the state. As you know, BMC has remained open throughout this pandemic, and we are reviewing the Commonwealth’s plan and will share more details as it relates to our efforts to move forward.
In recognition of this transition and to streamline communications, this communication will evolve to include important and timely updates related to COVID-19 as well as our efforts to prepare the hospital and clinics for caring for more non-COVID patients. Please note that starting today you will see some changes to the information in the dashboard above:
- We will be including the percentage of COVID patients as it relates to our total hospital patient census and our total ICU census.
- We have removed the number of COVID cases in the United States but will continue to update cases in Massachusetts. You can see the most up-to-date information for Boston, MA, and the US by clicking on the above links provided beneath the dashboard.
- Starting today, we will change distribution of this update to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
NEW: Inpatient Bed Update
In recent days our non-COVID volume has continued to increase significantly. As of today, May 11, we have transitioned 4E, 6E, and 7E to non-COVID units. We will continue to evaluate from which surge areas we can decant to allow us to care for our COVID-19 and non-COVID patients.
NEW: Changes to PAPR Distribution
Beginning tomorrow, May 12, BMC will be changing the way PAPRs are distributed. This will allow us to better track and retrieve equipment in order to meet demand.
As of 6 a.m. on May 12, staff will sign out a PAPR at a centralized location, use the PAPR for their shift and wipe it down at the end, then return the cleaned unit to the centralized location. Instructions for cleaning the PAPR will be handed out with each PAPR unit. Locations for PAPR pick-up and drop-off are:
- Menino lobby mask station: 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Menino basement Transport Department: 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
PAPRs are only for employees who cannot wear N95 masks. When picking up a PAPR, bring your hospital ID with an affixed PAPR sticker. If you do not have a sticker, you must go to the fit testing station on Menino 2 to be fit tested.
NEW: Take a Break with the Healing Pups on the Moakley Green
Back by popular demand! On Thursday, May 14, BMC’s Healing Pups (who have been safely distancing themselves at home), will be making an appearance on the Moakley Green. From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. stop by to be reunited with your favorite four-legged colleagues. Physical distancing measures for staff will be in place, and everyone will be required to wear a mask and clean their hands before and after interacting with the pups.
REMINDER: Refresh Stations TONIGHT - May 11 and May 12
The “refresh station,” sponsored by the HR department, will be available for employees on the balcony of the Menino lobby on the following dates and times:
- Monday, May 11 from 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
- Tuesday, May 12 from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m.
All staff are welcome to come through the station (which will be set up with appropriate social distancing) for a quick break and to grab a treat.
Improvisation and medical mysteries in the COVID-19 ICU
A fierce and unpredictable illness keeps doctors and nurses searching for solutions — without the help of time-tested science. BMC is featured prominently, including some incredible photos of our colleagues in action.
Promising Results from Telephonic Care in Psychiatry
April 19: Kate Walsh, president and CEO, and David Henderson, MD, chief of psychiatry, discuss how his department safely converted 95% of outpatient visits from in-person to telephonic, resulting in a lower no-show rate and increased capacity.
Watch on bmc.org.