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Here is where you'll find updates as they happen about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and VUMC's preparations.

Note that these blog posts are published in real time to keep you informed as this situation evolves. The posts appear on this site in reverse chronological order and are dated. Information in newer posts are necessarily more current (unless a dated update note is included on an old post).  

Non-work Related Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing for VUMC Employees

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. As a convenience, beginning Nov. 1, VUMC will offer employees the opportunity to receive asymptomatic testing at two locations for COVID-19 for non-work-related reasons.

Masking Keeps You Safe

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. Remember, when everyone is wearing a mask, it helps reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is What Caring Looks Like. If someone asks you to wear a mask the response is, 'thank you' and put your mask on.

ICD-10 Code Recommended for Pre-Procedure COVID-19 Testing

Effective immediately, providers and clinical staff should consider use of the following ICD-10 code when entering orders for pre-procedure COVID-19 testing: Z 20.828 (Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other viral communicable diseases).

VUMC to Stop N95 Mask Reprocessing

Thanks to the efforts of all VUMC personnel, to conserve and reuse N95 masks, VUMC's Supply Chain has been able to build up enough supply to cease the N95 sterilization reprocessing program. The change will go into effect on Monday, Oct. 12, and means clinical staff who are required to wear an N95 mask for clinical duties will not need to go through the daily process of turning in their mask for reprocessing, but will instead secure and use a new mask per VUMC masking guidelines.

Virtual Meeting Tips

We are in a new age of working together. With more than 9,000 colleagues continuing to work remotely, our collaborative work efforts are looking quite different. We have done an amazing job adjusting to our new virtual environments.  However, when our day is largely spent behind a computer and in the same seat, these virtual environments bring about a new set of challenges for how we care for ourselves and each other. 

VUMC Shout Outs!

See the latest VUMC Shout Out videos and send yours to vumcshoutouts@vumc.org. Learn more here.