Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients:

 54

 16.7%

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 18

 27.7%
Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 1,041

 
Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive  292 (1 new since 5/20)  

Massachusetts

90,889  

Click to see up-to-date city, state, and national numbers: Boston | Massachusetts  | United States

 

Thank you to everyone working over the holiday weekend.

There will be no Bulletin on Monday.

 

NEW: Rebound Planning

A tremendous amount of planning is underway to safely welcome back an increasing number of patients in need of care to the hospital and our clinics while ensuring everyone’s safety. Per State guidance, we will continue to limit the numbers of visitors and guests in the hospital. You will be hearing more about a variety of topics related to this, both in this Bulletin and other communications, as we move foward.

NEW: Surgical Mask Distribution in BMC Garages

To minimize congestion in the Menino lobby, effective Tuesday, May 26, VPNE will be distributing surgical masks at the 610, 710, and Crosstown garages to employees only, during the day shift. Off-shift employees and employees who do not use the garages should continue to pick up masks in Menino lobby.

NEW: Patients Cannot Go Outside to Smoke

In order for us to provide the safest hospital possible for patients and staff, it is critical to limit areas where COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients overlap. Therefore, to ensure that non-COVID patients and staff are not exposed to the virus, all patients must remain on their assigned floors until they are discharged from the hospital.

This means that patients should not be allowed to leave the floor to smoke, visit the cafeteria, or for any other reason besides controlled transport for medically necessary procedures and testing.

NEW: Updated Fit Testing Schedule – No Sunday Hours

Effective this weekend fit testing will no longer be open on Sundays due to low volume. Hours will still be 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday in Menino 2A/B.

NEW: Ensuring the Rights of Persons with Limited English Proficiency in Health Care during COVID-19

Thank you for all you are doing to provide meaningful access for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). Please remember that the obligation to make resources available remains in place and is not waived during this time of national emergency. Here are some ways in which BMC is ensuring compliance:

  • Producing patient education materials related to COVID-19 in nine languages in addition to English.
  • Creating a video in American Sign Language for deaf and hard of hearing patients.
  • Recruiting for clinical trials in multiple languages – to date, the majority of consented subjects in clinical trials are LEP patients.
  • Completing 313,624 interpretations over phone and video, making it the second busiest month of FY2020 for BMC’s Interpreter Services Department.
  • Translating material for inpatients, such as PT/OT exercises for COVID-19 patients, provider’s letters, hospital signs, and donning and doffing of PPE.
  • Offering food assistance and making these resources available for LEP patients. 
  • Facilitating COVID-19 testing sites advertised on Spanish language media in partnership with others in our community.

For more information on the OCR guidance click here or contact the BMC Compliance Office at 617-414-1800.


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