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Bucktail Medical Center suspends visitation

RENOVO — Bucktail Medical Center (BMC) has suspended all visitation to the hsopital patients and nursing home residents until further notice. The facility has also taken other measures to presvent the spread of coronavirus.

Administration says it been working hard to protect our residents, patients, and staff while planning to provide care for our community. BMC, however, faces some challenges other hospitals don’t encounter, most notably having a nursing home in the same facility with no physical separation. While community members will come to the hospital for care if they are symptomatic, there are vulnerable residents just down the hall.

Bucktail Medical Center has taken the following actions:

–All visits to nursing home residents and hospital patients have been suspended until further notice.

–All traffic in and out of the hospital for the Emergency Room (ER), lab, x-Ray, and nursing home is through the ER entrance. This applies to all employees and all patients.

–Lab patients are allowed to go to the lab only.

–X-Ray patients are allowed in X-Ray and the ER waiting area only.

–Outpatient therapy patients are to enter through the rear entrance by the administrator’s office. Outpatient therapy patients can not go past the double wooden doors by the business office.

–ER patients are allowed in the ER and the ER waiting area only, patients will be screened outside before entering the building.

Everybody is being screened before entering the facility.

–Temperature of less than 100.4.

–Have you traveled outside of the United States (US) in the last 30 days?

–Do you live with or have you associated with anyone who has traveled outside of the US in the last 30 days?

–Have you associated with anyone who tested positive for, is presumed positive for, or is a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19?

–Have you traveled to any county in Pennsylvania positive for COVID-19?

–Have you traveled to any area of the US positive for COVID-19?

Bucktail reports that no one will be denied treatment.

— Any patient believed to have been at risk for exposure will be isolated from other patients.

— We are holding resident and patient mail for one day to avoid possible contamination.

–No delivery personnel are allowed inside the facility; deliveries are left outside and brought inside by BMC staff.

–Non-essential clinical personnel are restricted from the facility.

–All non-essential appointments and procedures have been canceled.

–Staff who work other places must shower and change clothes after working someplace else and coming to work at BMC.

What we are doing to provide emergent and ongoing care when the virus arrives?

We have assessed our clinical and technological capabilities and determined what level of care we can safely accommodate at the facility. While we do not expect a large influx of patients, we are prepared in case we do, administration said.

They have:

–Set up a triage tent in the Special Services Building so that we can assess a large number of people without them entering the hospital. This area can also be used to house patients for temporary treatment.

–Assessed our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies. We are tracking usage of the supplies and are constantly aware of what we have available.

–Assembled head to toe protective “suits” which are available in the ER, Clinic, Lab, X-Ray, and the clinic so our staff can be properly protected.

–Provided local first responder stations with four suits each.

–Explore all options to replenish/sanitize PPE supplies

–Monitor information from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health constantly so we have the most up to date information.

–Coordinate with local first responders so they understand what we have done to prepare and so that we can develop a community wide response plan.

–Meet with BMC staff twice daily to keep everyone up to date.

What can you do to help?

–Understand that COVID-19 is legitimate and concerning.

–Understand that COVID-19 has the potential to be devastating.

–Recognize that the restrictions and planning we have put in place are the result of reliable information and careful planning by our clinical and administrative team, designed to provide the safest environment for our residents, patients, staff, and community.

–Get your information regularly from reliable sources like the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. News agencies and social media may have the best of intentions to provide accurate information, however, it is best to get your information directly from the source.

What can you do to protect yourself, family, and friends?

–Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!

–Understand how COVID-19 spreads:

–On paper and similar material COVID-19 can remain viable for up to 24 hours

–On solid, non-porous materials, like metal, COVID-19 can remain viable for up to 72 hours

Person to person transmission occurs when:

–You are in close proximity of an infected person.

–You touch a surface an infected person touched before the virus dies, then you touch your face; the virus enters through mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth.

–Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!

Comply with Social Distancing recommendations:

–Stay at home. Work remotely if possible.

–Do not meet in groups larger than 10 people.

–When meeting in any group, maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet. Stand and hold both arms straight out. Finger tips to finger tips is about 5 ¢ feet for most people.

–Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!

–Maintain your own health.

–Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!

Know the symptoms:

If you experience the symptoms below, call your doctor or ER BEFORE you come to the office or the hospital to protect yourself and other patients. Care providers are prepared to address many issues without a visit.

The symptoms are:

–Fever

–Cough

–Shortness of breath

If you experience any of the Emergency Warning Signs, listed below, seek medical attention immediately.

–Trouble breathing

–Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

–Confusion that is new

–The inability to arouse

–Bluish lips or face

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