Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/ en Message from Dr. C. Wright Pinson: VUMC called on to rise to the challenge as COVID cases surge https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/CWPMessage11232020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Message from Dr. C. Wright Pinson: VUMC called on to rise to the challenge as COVID cases surge</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:26</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/487" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Message from Dr. C. Wright Pinson: VUMC called on to rise to the challenge as COVID cases surge"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Colleagues,</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">All indications are that we will be heading into a strengthening storm following the Thanksgiving holiday. Tennessee’s COVID metrics are getting worse as the U.S. is now approaching 200,000 new cases each day. Tragically, more than 255,000 Americans have died since the pandemic began.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Consistent with rising infection rates across the nation, over the past week we have experienced a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients now in our care. Today, due to rising admissions and what is typically a longer length of stay for these patients, we are now caring for more than 120 COVID-positive patients in our hospitals. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">In addition to the enormous amount of work taking place on our campus each day to care for these patients, throughout the pandemic we have coordinated with Nashville’s other hospitals. We continue to work closely with Nashville Mayor John Cooper, our own Dr. Alex Jahangir, who continues to serve as the city’s pandemic response official, and countless others providing expertise to help shape policies and advocate for the fundamentals of masking, physical distancing and hand hygiene. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">We continue to support the efforts of mayors and leaders in adjacent counties pertaining to masking in their communities. Through the Tennessee Hospital Association, we are partnered with 140 hospitals across the state in a communications campaign encouraging the public to mask. Our faculty are continually working with the news media, stressing strong public health messages to local and national audiences.  </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">In previous months, admissions and discharges have tended to balance out for this population. However, given the steep influx in admissions arriving from across the region, we are experiencing a steady rise in our inpatient volume by an additional four to 10 patients each day. Our modeling team projects that we will be caring for at least this many patients during the next two months and could be caring for as many as 180 hospitalized COVID patients by January.    </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Anticipating this time would come, we have well-considered plans coupled with real-time decision-making by an outstanding team that includes experts at solving the challenges of caring for this patient population.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">As the number of patients has increased, we continue to cohort the COVID population and are utilizing the new space in Medical Center East for their care. Should it be necessary to expand, we have additional areas identified to accommodate this need.     </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Due to the surge, we are also experiencing increasing calls to our COVID hotlines while our Walk-In Clinics are again seeing more than 500 visits per day from individuals seeking COVID tests. In response, our lab is processing record numbers of tests.  </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Even though we have diligently prepared over the last nine months for such an influx of patients, the volume across all areas is placing increasing stress on our staff at all levels. In response, we will need to cut back on some scheduled procedures and admissions soon if the growth of COVID patient census continues unabated.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">In addition to material resources necessary to battle COVID, including space and equipment, the indispensable ingredient is all of us – our amazing and resilient colleagues who show up each day to care for others. Despite the many factors stressing our health system’s capacity, you have demonstrated amazing leadership while continuing to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and collegiality. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Please continue to reach inside yourselves to provide steady leadership, professionalism, collegiality and collaboration, and very frequent communication of issues. We will continue to need your very best in the days ahead.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">I also want to reiterate the importance of taking care of yourself personally, your family, your friends, and your community. Please wear masks inside and outside of the hospital, and avoid groups of people, especially as we approach Thanksgiving.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Sincerely,</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD</span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Deputy Chief Executive Officer</span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:11.0pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Chief Health System Officer</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:26:11 +0000 manleycf 487 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC's COVID-19 Stats: November 16, 2020 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vumcs-covid-19-stats-november-16-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: November 16, 2020</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/19/2020 - 09:03</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/486" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: November 16, 2020"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><img alt="VUMC Covid Stats" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/VUMC%20COVID%20Stats%20Nov%2016%202020.png" class="align-center" /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:13 +0000 big chief 486 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus West Garage Screening Location to Close https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/west-garage-screening-location-close <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">West Garage Screening Location to Close</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/19/2020 - 08:58</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/485" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to West Garage Screening Location to Close"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With the cooling weather, the temperature screening station located in the West Garage will be closed beginning Thursday November 18th.  The cooler temperatures are making the temperature screening more challenging and we need to move the screening indoors.  We encourage staff to go to a screening location close to their place of work.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:58:39 +0000 big chief 485 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus E-Pod Break Room Expanding Use Beginning Nov. 15 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-resources-blog-latest-news/e-pod-break-room-expanding-use-beginning-nov-15 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">E-Pod Break Room Expanding Use Beginning Nov. 15</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/19/2020 - 08:56</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/484" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to E-Pod Break Room Expanding Use Beginning Nov. 15"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Due to increasing patient volumes, effective November 15, at 6 p.m., the E-Pod Break Room will be expanded to provide a secondary waiting area for Adult Emergency Department visitors. </p> <p>The Break Room will initially be open 24/7 to allow visitors who accompany Emergency Department patients so they will have a designated climate-controlled area to wait.</p> <p>Given the increased number of people who will be in the Break Room, please continue to be conscious of maintaining both masking and social distancing requirements while in the area. This change will be in effect until further notice. </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:56:22 +0000 big chief 484 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Update on COVID Testing Turnaround Times https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-resources-blog-latest-news/update-covid-testing-turnaround-times <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Update on COVID Testing Turnaround Times</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/19/2020 - 08:53</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/483" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Update on COVID Testing Turnaround Times"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Due to increasing spread of COVID-19 in the community, there has been an increased demand for COVID-19 testing.  This has required outsourcing to outside labs with a resulting <strong>increase in turnaround time for SARS CoV-2 PCR (Covid-19) testing for routine outpatients to 3-5 business days</strong>.  The notification on My Health at Vanderbilt has been changed to reflect this new expected turnaround time.</p> <p>Testing of hospital admissions, pre-procedure patients, VUMC employees, and other “dotted” patients will continued to be performed in house; however, due to increasing volume, the turnaround time for some of these tests has significantly increased as well. Please continue to <strong>carefully complete the SARS-CoV-2 PCR order panel and follow the “dot” guidance in the nurse instructions</strong> closely to ensure that the lab is able to correctly prioritize processing of these samples. In addition, <strong>patients who need pre-procedure SARS CoV-2 PCR (Covid-19) testing should be instructed to obtain their testing between 72-48 hours prior to their procedure.</strong></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:53:05 +0000 big chief 483 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on the strength, resilience of VUMC's people in the face of COVID-19 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo11162020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on the strength, resilience of VUMC&#039;s people in the face of COVID-19</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 11/15/2020 - 11:46</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/481" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser on the strength, resilience of VUMC&#039;s people in the face of COVID-19"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO, encourages VUMC team members to take care of themselves, stay diligent and remain hopeful even as we see a surge in COVID-19 cases alongside a strong demand for our specialized services for other serious health conditions unrelated to COVD-19.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript11162020">Read the transcript.</a></p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nmCbTBJeCC4?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <h3>New video resources</h3> <p>As Dr. Balser asks us to stay diligent in our efforts to keep ourselves healthy, resilient and safe, we continue to develop new resources to help you understand the "why" behind our recommendations and policies. We also want to help you make wise decisions for yourself and your family.<br /> <br /> Below are 2 new videos, featuring conversations with our infectious disease experts about the latest we know about the role of masks and how we approach the holidays safely.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oLkbaIBK-Jk?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9l-dmLF8_Pk?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Sun, 15 Nov 2020 17:46:43 +0000 manleycf 481 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus A Special Message from Dr. Wright Pinson: The Current State of COVID-19 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/special-message-dr-wright-pinson-current-state-covid-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A Special Message from Dr. Wright Pinson: The Current State of COVID-19</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/12/2020 - 17:56</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/478" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to A Special Message from Dr. Wright Pinson: The Current State of COVID-19"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Colleagues,</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">While I would like to share in an update that things have turned a corner with COVID, we have reason to be concerned that the coming days and weeks will pose a significant challenge to hospitals here in Tennessee and across the nation. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">For the sixth day in a row, the U.S. has seen more than 100,000 new cases, and the number of patients in Tennessee hospitalized for COVID is at its highest point yet as admissions have grown by 23% in the past two weeks.    </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Some states are already without capacity due to hospitalizations rising as winter approaches. Here in Middle Tennessee, we are managing ever-increasing numbers of cases as some facilities in smaller, rural communities have stopped new admissions. This is resulting in larger hospitals, like VUMC, serving as backstops.    </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">At VUMC, we have seen the following trends over the past month:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The overall number of COVID-19 positive patients has increased by 25%.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Our daily COVID inpatient census has increased from the mid 30s to the 60s. This is in addition to managing a very full Adult Hospital and Emergency Department each day.</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-left:8px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">The number of COVID positive test results among employees has increased.</span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">While there is progress in developing COVID-19 vaccines and monoclonal antibody therapies, it will be many months before herd immunity can take effect. In the interim, the fundamentals to protect each other and our patients remain the same: mask wearing; maintaining appropriate physical distancing, including avoiding large crowds; and vigorous hand hygiene. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">If there are any lingering doubts about the effectiveness of masking, I want to share the results of an <a href="https://news.vumc.org/2020/11/10/tennessee-areas-without-mask-requirements-have-higher-death-toll-per-capita/" style="color:#0563c1; text-decoration:underline">analysis done by our own Vanderbilt Health Policy experts</a> that found <span style="background:white"><span style="color:#222222">deaths per 100,000 population in the 67 Tennessee counties that never required masks rose to a rate more than double that of the 28 counties that began requiring masks at some point between July 1 and the first week of August. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">We continue to be well equipped to handle this pandemic. Our biggest challenge now is having staff stay well so that we can fulfill our mission of offering exceptional personalized care to the patients who need us. To that end, if you are called upon, I want to thank you in advance for your willingness to work extra or in alternative roles to help meet this extraordinary circumstance. Many of you are doing this already. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Please know this crisis will not last forever and that you are contributing to the healing of many. The single most important factor to our success over the coming months is all of us. More than ever, our ability to meet the challenges ahead relies on the ability to staff our hospitals, clinics and support areas. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">As Dr. Balser remarked earlier this year, we are all essential. Therefore, I need to ask you again to practice appropriate self-care by paying attention to yourself and your family. </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Together, we will continue to meet the challenges ahead.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Sincerely,</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD</span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Deputy Chief Executive Officer </span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">Chief Health System Officer </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"> </p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 23:56:42 +0000 manleycf 478 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Guidance on Continued Appropriate PPE Use: Nitrile Gloves https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-resources-blog-latest-news/guidance-continued-appropriate-ppe-use-nitrile-gloves <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Guidance on Continued Appropriate PPE Use: Nitrile Gloves </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/12/2020 - 17:52</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/477" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Guidance on Continued Appropriate PPE Use: Nitrile Gloves "> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to appropriately utilize PPE is even more evident.</p> <p>The following PPE practices have been in place since March:</p> <ul> <li>Coordinating and clustering patient care</li> <li>Limiting patient interactions to only essential staff members</li> <li>Asking students not to engage in the care of isolation patients</li> <li>Cohorting COVID patients and extending PPE use (in designated areas)</li> </ul> <p>Another way we can impact PPE usage is by determining which departments or roles may be able to appropriately utilize vinyl instead of nitrile gloves.</p> <p>Vinyl gloves provide standard barrier protection from COVID-19, are soft and comfortable, and are latex and powder free, whereas nitrile gloves are chemical and puncture resistant and have a higher degree of tactile sensation for sensitive work such as starting IVs.</p> <p>There are patient encounters where vinyl gloves are a suitable and safe option, including transport, valet, guest services, and EVS.  </p> <p>We will be transitioning these roles to use vinyl gloves over the coming weeks. These steps will help us use our nitrile glove supply properly going forward and ensure the safety of everyone.</p> <p>While PPE stocks continue to be secured to maintain a good supply, it is important that we all do our part to prevent PPE waste as we head into these winter months when both COVID and flu cases are expected to rise.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 12 Nov 2020 23:52:36 +0000 manleycf 477 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC ambulatory locations resuming cash collections https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vumc-ambulatory-locations-resuming-cash-collections <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC ambulatory locations resuming cash collections</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/11/2020 - 09:31</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/475" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC ambulatory locations resuming cash collections"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We are now approved to return to accepting cash payments in our clinics. Staff accepting cash should use the same precautions (gloves) as when taking a credit card. All drop locations are now open, and anytime a deposit is dropped at any location, the deposit log must be filled out accordingly.</p> <ul> <li>Main Campus drop locations are open Monday-Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.</li> <li>One Hundred Oaks clinics should use the drop box available on the third floor, north (finance area).</li> <li>Locations outside of the 21st Avenue and One Hundred Oaks should follow pre-COVID, local procedures for cash.</li> <li>VCH Admitting office on the first floor.</li> </ul> <p>For additional questions on cash handling, please contact our treasury office at (615) 322-1493.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:31:32 +0000 big chief 475 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC's COVID-19 Stats: November 9, 2020 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vumcs-covid-19-stats-november-9-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: November 9, 2020</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/11/2020 - 09:17</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/474" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: November 9, 2020"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><img alt="VUMC Covid-19 stats November 9" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/VUMC%20Stats_Nov.%209.png" class="align-center" /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:17:00 +0000 big chief 474 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC's COVID-19 Stats: November 3, 2020 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vumcs-covid-19-stats-november-3-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: November 3, 2020</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/currinma" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">currinma</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/06/2020 - 13:00</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/473" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: November 3, 2020"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><img alt="VUMC Covid-19 Stats" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/VUMC%20Stats_Nov.%203.png" class="align-center" /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 06 Nov 2020 19:00:38 +0000 currinma 473 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Groups Gathering on VUMC's Campus Should Revert Back to 10 or Less https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-resources-blog-latest-news/groups-gathering-vumcs-campus-should-revert-back-10-or-less <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Groups Gathering on VUMC&#039;s Campus Should Revert Back to 10 or Less</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/29/2020 - 09:58</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/472" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Groups Gathering on VUMC&#039;s Campus Should Revert Back to 10 or Less"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With the increasing COVID-19 positivity rate in the community and among staff, current VUMC practices and guidance’s were re-evaluated to ensure safety to minimize COVID-19 spread.</p> <p>As a result:</p> <p><strong>Gathering sizes on campus: </strong>Groups <u>gathering should revert back to 10 or less</u> (and still must stay socially distanced and/or masked).  The more people in a room together the more likely one of them has COVID.  Due to specific needs of in-person work, new employee orientation and clinical orientation will remain in person but with continued diligence around distancing.</p> <p><u>Masking remains in effect.</u></p> <p>The following guidances remains in effect with no changes at this time:</p> <p><strong>Valet Parking:</strong> Vanderbilt Valet will continue its current practices. Early in the pandemic it was unclear how much COVID could be spread through fomites (touching inanimate objects), but it has become clearer this is not a major mechanism for spreading the virus.  Risk of transmission between valets and patients or visitors is incredibly low.</p> <p><strong>Visitor policies:</strong> There are no changes to current visitor policies. There are reports that visitor waiting rooms are becoming more crowded as some families are trying to include more than two visitors per day. Recommendations include ongoing attention to waiting rooms spaces.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:58:54 +0000 big chief 472 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Caregivers Still Need Support https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-caregivers-still-need-support <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Caregivers Still Need Support</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/29/2020 - 09:52</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/471" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Caregivers Still Need Support"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The increasing spread of COVID-19 in the community is concerning. Physicians, nurses and staff who care for a growing number of individuals requiring hospitalization due to the pandemic continue to appreciate support and encouragement for their hard work and commitment.</p> <p>You can help all healthcare health care providers right now by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, socially distancing from others, and limiting your exposure to large groups or crowds. </p> <p>Encouragement can come in the form of messages of support or donations. If you are interested in helping, here are options and instructions:  <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/how-help-fight-against-covid-19">https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/how-help-fight-against-covid-19</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:52:14 +0000 big chief 471 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus The Good Job Report https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/good-job-report-7 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Good Job Report</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/29/2020 - 09:49</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/470" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to The Good Job Report"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Another of our regular collection of thank-yous and kudos. Everyone at VUMC makes a difference and this is a small sampling of expressions of gratitude.</p> <img alt="Good Job Report" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Good%20Job%20Report%2010.30.20_highres.jpg" class="align-center" /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:49:58 +0000 big chief 470 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC's COVID-19 Stats: October 27, 2020 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vumcs-covid-19-stats-october-27-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: October 27, 2020</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/29/2020 - 09:46</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/469" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: October 27, 2020"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="VUMC Covid-19 Stats" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/VUMC%20Stats_Oct.%2027%20%28002%29.png" class="align-center" /></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:46:09 +0000 big chief 469 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus UPDATE: Non-work-related asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for VUMC employees expanded to include household members of VUMC employees https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-resources-blog-latest-news/update-non-work-related-asymptomatic-covid-19-testing-vumc <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">UPDATE: Non-work-related asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for VUMC employees expanded to include household members of VUMC employees</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/23/2020 - 12:42</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/468" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to UPDATE: Non-work-related asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for VUMC employees expanded to include household members of VUMC employees"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Updated 11/18/2020 to update turnaround time</em></p> <p>Starting Nov. 1, VUMC began offering employees the opportunity to receive asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 <u>for non-work-related reasons</u>.</p> <p>On Nov. 10, VUMC expanded this offering to also allow household members (anyone living in the household with the employee) to get asymptomatic testing as well.</p> <p>Asymptomatic testing will include a fee of $100 per test, only payable by credit card. The Medical Center will not be billing any insurance for the test.</p> <p>The asymptomatic test samples will be collected at two locations. One is at the Vanderbilt Executive Health &amp; Wellness Clinic, located at 302 Royal Oaks Boulevard, Franklin, Tennessee, 37064, Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m., and on Friday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. It is recommended that family members use this location to receive asymptomatic testing.</p> <p>The other asymptomatic testing location is on VUMC's downtown campus in Medical Center East's "E-Pod," located on the second level of the East Garage. The E-Pod is adjacent to the front entrance of Medical Center East. Testing is available at this location, 1-3 p.m., on Monday and Wednesday, and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.</p> <p>These asymptomatic tests will be processed by the PathGroup, an outside lab. Due to increasing testing volumes, there is a 3 to 5 day turnaround time for asymptomatic test results.</p> <p>Employees should schedule the asymptomatic testing themselves through a scheduling portal where they can also make payment for tests at the Vanderbilt Health &amp; Wellness Clinic in Franklin through this QR Code:</p> <p class="text-align-center"> </p> <p class="text-align-center"><img alt="QR code for Asymptomatic Testing" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="349" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Screen%20Shot%202020-11-11%20at%209.26.04%20AM.png" width="369" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"> </p> <p>Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through the Occupational Health Clinic for its employees for work requirements, such as VUMC international travel.</p> <p>Also of note, free asymptomatic COVID testing continues to be available through the Metro Nashville Health Department's drive-thru locations. Metro offers three drive-thru testing sites Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A COVID-19 hotline is also available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST daily at (615) 862-7777. The Metro testing sites are located at:</p> <ul> <li>Nissan Stadium Lot "N", 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213</li> <li>Meharry Medical College, 918 21st Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37208</li> <li>Former Kmart, 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217</li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:42:46 +0000 big chief 468 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Masking Keeps You Safe https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/masking-keeps-you-safe <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Masking Keeps You Safe</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/23/2020 - 12:38</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/467" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Masking Keeps You Safe"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With the increasing caseload and COVID positivity rate in the community, it remains a requirement that you wear an appropriate mask at all VUMC locations.</p> <p>Remember, when everyone is wearing a mask, it helps reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0mY5xymS-Q">What Caring Looks Like</a>.</p> <p>If someone asks you to wear a mask the response is, 'thank you' and put your mask on.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:38:50 +0000 big chief 467 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: "Smile with your eyes" and other tips for effective patient interactions during COVID-19 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/employee-resources-blog-latest-news/video-smile-your-eyes-and-other-tips-effective-patient <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: &quot;Smile with your eyes&quot; and other tips for effective patient interactions during COVID-19</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/23/2020 - 10:14</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/466" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: &quot;Smile with your eyes&quot; and other tips for effective patient interactions during COVID-19"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The VUMC Physician Council created this video to help their clinician colleagues most effectively communicate with patients, creating trust and reducing anxiety even while wearing PPE and limiting physical interaction.</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/snp47H2K4m8?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:14:23 +0000 manleycf 466 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC's Infection Prevention Team Recognized for Outstanding Work https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vumcs-infection-prevention-team-recognized-outstanding-work <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC&#039;s Infection Prevention Team Recognized for Outstanding Work</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/20/2020 - 14:49</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/465" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC&#039;s Infection Prevention Team Recognized for Outstanding Work"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="IP Team Recognition" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/IP%20team%20Picture.JPG" class="align-center" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"><br /> [Pictured (Left to Right): Mary DeVault, Vicki Maddox, Tanya Boswell, Donald Coode, Kathie Wilkerson, Tanya Stellges, LaKita Buchanan, Lorri Downs, Jackie Smith. Not Pictured: Jan Szychowski, Taylor Lyall]</p> <p> </p> <p>This week is International Infection Prevention Week. Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Infection Prevention Team is being recognized for their outstanding contributions during this year’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>“Since the beginning of the pandemic, The IP Team has worked tirelessly to support frontline teams and has often spent all night taking calls. There is not a more committed group of individuals. On behalf of the Medical Center I want to thank the team for their hard work. You could not ask for a more committed group of individuals,” said Jenny Slayton, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President for Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention. </p> <p>Highlights of VUMC’s Infection Prevention (IP) team:</p> <ul> <li>Collective years of nursing experience: 256 years</li> <li>Collective years of Infection Prevention experience: 146 years</li> <li>Greater than 70% are certified Infection Preventionists through the Association of Practitioners of Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists with more than 15,000 members.</li> <li>In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IP Team quickly mobilized to support VUMC’s team members, addressing questions and concerns when things were new to everyone. The IP Team came together and supported not only frontline health care teams but each other.</li> <li>There is great partnership and support from the team’s physician leaders, Drs. Bryan Harris, Tom Talbot and Greg Wilson.</li> </ul> <p>In 2017, the Infection Prevention Team received APIC Program of Distinction. The Program of Distinction confers a designation of excellence to acute care facilities and health systems for infection prevention programs that meet a set of high-level standards.</p> <ul> <li>Recipients are measured on eight standards of excellence: <ul> <li>Surveillance</li> <li>Hand Hygiene</li> <li>Health care-Associated Infections/Outbreak management</li> <li>Isolation</li> <li>Safe Patient Equipment</li> <li>Emergency Management</li> <li>Employee Health</li> <li>Antibiotic Stewardship</li> </ul> </li> <li>Facilities receiving Program of Distinction designation undergo a rigorous process including a comprehensive document review and an onsite assessment by a team of APIC surveyors.</li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:49:19 +0000 big chief 465 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC's COVID-19 Stats: October 19, 2020 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vumcs-covid-19-stats-october-19-2020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: October 19, 2020</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/20/2020 - 14:45</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/464" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC&#039;s COVID-19 Stats: October 19, 2020"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Covid-19 October 19 Stats" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/VUMC%20Stats_Oct.%2020.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:45:27 +0000 big chief 464 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus