BVCHD is committed providing quality healthcare services to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our patients, visitors, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority. We have been working to prepare our hospital and clinics for caring for those who need us during this time. These are some of the things that we have accomplished:
- Developed a screening process for each of the entrances to the hospital and outpatient clinics
- Created an outdoor screening and triage process for Emergency Department patients
- Acquired additional ventilators
- Assembled emergency respiratory kits
- Increased staffing in the Respiratory Therapy department
- Created additional isolation and negative pressure patient rooms
- Hired additional Registered Nurses and EMTs in the Emergency Department
- Developed a plan for expanded capacity in the Emergency Department
- Re-arranged services to keep outpatient lab draws and EKG away from the patient care areas in the hospital
- Gathered supplies for patient care and Personal Protective Equipment for our staff
There will be some differences in the care that you receive when you come to the hospital or the clinic. Here are some things that you can expect:
- You will be screened and asked to wash your hands before entering the hospital
- You may be treated from your car
- Your appointment may be rescheduled as a tele-medicine or phone appointment
- Our clinics are not seeing walk-in patients, but same day appointments may be available
- We are not allowing any visitors in patient care areas
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 staff will be wearing PPE when they care for you. This may include things like a mask or hood, gown, protective suit, gloves, goggles and/or face shield.
Patients who are concerned that they have symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider by telephone to discuss their symptoms. Most people infected with the novel coronavirus have mild cold symptoms. A small fraction of people, however, may require more intensive care. Patients who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus and experiencing increased shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing should come to the Emergency Department. If time allows, please notify the hospital ahead of time so that we can prepare for your arrival.
At this time BVCHD has a limited supply of coronavirus tests which are being allocated to patients who are critically ill and meet guidelines set by the public health department.
If you are tested for COVID-19 and are in stable condition you will be discharged home with instructions on self-quarantine and isolation. If you require hospitalization we are prepared to stabilize you in our ED and either admit you here or transfer you to another hospital if you need specialized services that are not available on the mountain.
Please know that as your hospital, we are doing everything we can to be prepared for you and your family if you need us.
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