COVID-19 Clinical InformationModified on 5/6/2020 at 01:56pm

Patient care resources, including clinical and surgical processes, and COVID-19 information for UI Health Care clinicians.

We have developed this page in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Iowa. This situation is rapidly evolving, and we will update this site as often as possible. Please contact Epidemiology (319-356-1606) with questions about the management of specific patients.

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Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19
Updated on 05/08/2020 at 8:07 am

For confirmed COVID-19 cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), frequently reported signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever (83–99%)
  • Cough (59–82%)
  • Fatigue (44-70%)
  • Anorexia (40-84%)
  • Shortness of breath (31-40%)
  • Sputum production (28-33%)
  • Myalgias (11–35%).

Sore throat has also been reported in some patients early in the clinical course.

Less commonly reported symptoms include: headache, confusion, rhinorrhea, sore throat, hemoptysis, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some patients have experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea prior to developing fever and lower respiratory tract signs and symptoms.

Anosmia or dysgeusia are frequently reported symptoms that are very unusual in non-COVID-19 viral illnesses.

Age is a strong risk factor for severe illness, complications, and death.  Heart disease, hypertension, prior stroke, diabetes, chronic lung disease, and chronic kidney disease have all been associated with increased illness severity and adverse outcomes.

The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

COVID-19 treatment guide

COVID-19 therapeutic guidance
Updated on 05/18/2020 at 1:45 pm

PROTOCOL TEMPORARILY CREATED PURSUANT TO AUTHORITY OF HOSPITAL INCIDENT COMMANDER ACTIVATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19. EFFECTIVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Date Created Per HICS: 3/20/20             Date Amended Per HICS: 05/14/20

Healthcare workers across the country including UIHC are invited to join the HERO Registry which aims to rapidly generate evidence needed to better protect frontline workers. Enrollment is simple and participants may receive surveys, opportunities to participate in future studies, and education from the HERO research community.

Key Points Regarding PROPHYLAXIS:

  • There is no medication with definite efficacy in pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis in any patient population.
  • The University of Iowa is participating in the HERO HCQ randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis among healthcare providers working in high risk areas. For more information, go to the study website https://heroesresearch.org and click on the tab at the top HERO-HCQ Trial or email loreen-herwaldt@uiowa.edu.
  • A study is being conducted at the University of Minnesota to further clarify the utility of hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis. Questions regarding the study may be submitted to covid19@gmail.com. Eligibility to participate may be found at https://is.gd/covid19pep
  • Given the baseline monitoring requirements of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine and lack of evidence suggesting optimal dose and benefit, we recommend against any prescribing for pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis unless it is in the setting of a clinical trial.

 Key Points Regarding TREATMENT:

  • There is no medication with definite efficacy for treatment of COVID-19 in humans. Standard of care continues to be appropriate isolation and support of organ systems based on the most recent guidance from US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • There are numerous antiviral therapies being proposed as options for treatment of SARS-CoV-2. The use of any investigational therapy should preferentially be through enrollment in clinical trial.
  • This document provides a brief overview of therapeutic agents for use in COVID-19; it will be subject to updates and changes as additional information becomes available
  • In the case of lab-confirmed SARS-CoV-2, investigational therapies should be offered in the context of a clinical trial. Remdesivir and convalescent plasma therapy clinical trials are offered at UIHC. Both of these therapies are subject to supply limitations at this time and there is no guarantee that all patients with COVID-19 will be able to receive them. Study teams will review patient eligibility for the studies and reach out to providers and patients with the study treatment to be offered.

Tier 1: Preferred – available through clinical trials at UIHC (alphabetical order)

Medication Details
Convalescent Plasma
  • Convalescent plasma is obtained from donors who have developed antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 which can then be transfused into qualifying patients
  • Currently available only through clinical trial for ages 18 years and older
  • Study team will be reviewing hospitalized patients for eligibility and following up directly with teams. See eligibility criteria in appendix A. Trial questions may be directed to michelle-rodenburg@uiowa.edu or phone number 356-4848
Remdesivir
  • Nucleotide prodrug with in vitro activity against a variety of RNA viruses including coronaviruses.
  • Currently available through a variety of pathways including ongoing company-sponsored clinical trial, FDA-issued emergency use authorization, and compassionate use. Each of these pathways has specific criteria and limited remaining stock. See appendix b for additional information on each pathway.
  • Study team will be reviewing hospitalized patients for eligibility and following up directly with teams. See eligibility criteria in appendix B. Trial questions may  be directed to alfred-carr@uiowa.edu or phone number 356-4848
  • Patients that do not meet criteria for the trial can be evaluated for remdesivir through compassionate use or emergency use authorization at the request of the primary treatment team in coordination with the antimicrobial stewardship team (pager #1282)

 Tier 2: Not recommended in the absence of a clinical trial

Medication Details
Hydroxychloroquine / chloroquine

 

*Only hydroxychloroquine is readily available at UIHC

  • Both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have been noted to have potent in vitro inhibition of SARS-CoV-2; however, there are no robust clinical trials that confirm in vivo success
  • Prophylaxis for COVID-19: not recommended for any patient population unless within a clinical trial. UIHC pharmacies restricted from dispensing
  • Treatment of COVID-19 (ADULTS AND PEDS):
    • Outpatient setting: not recommended. UIHC pharmacies restricted from dispensing
    • Inpatient setting: not recommended but not restricted if providers choose to prescribe for lab confirmed COVID-19 patients weighing at least 50 kg who do not qualify for clinical trials
  • Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine at UIHC are restricted to the below criteria.
    • Inpatient:
      • Approval through rheumatology for a rheumatologic indication, OR
      • Continuation of home therapy,  OR
      • Hospitalized patients weighing over 50 kg with confirmed COVID-19 who do not qualify for clinical trial(s) per FDA criteria. Prescribing does NOT require ID or rheumatology approval in the setting of positive COVID-19
    • Outpatient:
      • New prescriptions by rheumatology for a rheumatologic indication, OR
      • Continuation of prior therapy for a chronic indication
  • If decision is made to proceed with use of either agent for treatment, appropriate FDA fact sheet should be provided to the patient and associated monitoring ordered (see Appendix C for additional details).
  • The addition of azithromycin to either of these agents is not recommended given the lack of compelling data to support its impact on clinical outcomes and potential for adverse outcome (i.e. severe, life-threatening arrhythmia). Several organizations including the American College of Cardiology and FDA have expressed concern about potential additive toxicities associated with the combination.

 Tier 3: Not Recommended – theoretical benefit unlikely and potentially outweighed by risks (in alphabetical order)

Medication Rationale for Recommendation
Azithromycin One piece of literature has proposed addition of azithromycin to hydroxychloroquine decreased time to viral clearance. No clinical outcomes were assessed and only 6 patients received azithromycin. There is not enough evidence currently to recommend this combination.
Darunavir / cobicistat There is no laboratory or clinical data to demonstrate potency against SARS-CoV-2
Famotidine There is no laboratory of clinical data to demonstrate potency against SARS-CoV-2
Interferon Interferons have been studied (often in combination with ribavirin) in other coronaviruses without clinical success. Side effects are likely to outweigh the clinical benefit.
Influenza Agents Coronaviruses do not utilize neuraminidase for replication and no activity is expected.
Ivermectin Initial reports suggest that drug is unlikely to achieve adequate concentrations in humans for antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2
Lopinavir / ritonavir Though there have been in vitro studies suggesting some level of activity against coronaviruses, RCT of 200 patients showed no benefit over placebo and an open label trial compared to a Japanese antiviral drug showed no association for better outcomes with lopinavir/ritonavir
Ribavirin Ribavirin has been studied (often in combination with interferon) in other coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-1 and MERS without clinical success. Side effects such as anemia are likely to outweigh the potential benefit

 Supportive Agents (in alphabetical order)

Medication Details
Acetaminophen / NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that NSAIDs such as ibuprofen increase the severity of COVID-19 disease; however, acetaminophen may be considered the preferred fever-reducer / pain reliever in patients with viral illness based on more benign overall side effect profile
ACE-inhibitors / ARBs Theoretical concern has been described over the risk of ACE-inhibitors and ARBs increasing therapeutic targets for SARS-CoV-2. At this time, professional societies in cardiology and nephrology are advising not to add or remove any RAAS-related treatments beyond actions based on standard clinical practice.
Interleukin inhibitors (including anakinra, sarilumab, tocilizumab) There is no evidence to routinely recommend these agents for patients with COVID-19. Currently, tocilizumab is restricted to prescribing by Dr. Zuhair Ballas in the setting of cytokine storm associated with COVID-19. Additional guidance forthcoming regarding criteria for use of these agents in this patient population.
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Routine use not recommended by Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM); however, it may be considered in the context of cytokine storm (additional criteria forthcoming)
Steroids May be considered if patient is intubated with ARDS if potential benefit outweighs risk per (SCCM) recommendation:

  • Mechanically ventilated without ARDS-suggest against the routine use of corticosteroids
  • Mechanically ventilated with ARDS: suggest using systemic corticosteroids over not using

CDC and WHO do not recommend steroid therapy for SARS-CoV-2 outside of a specific alternative indication, such as sepsis. Systematic reviews in other coronavirus and respiratory viral infections have demonstrated no survival benefit and possible harm.

Early reports from China have suggested possible benefit from methylprednisolone.

Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis & COVID-19-Associated Coagulopathy Thromboprophylaxis should be provided to all patients with COVID-19. See Appendix D for more information about prophylaxis in adult patients. Update to prophylaxis in pediatric patients with COVID-19 will be coming soon.

Appendix A: Convalescent Plasma (investigational blood product)

Mechanism of Action: Antibody development in plasma of patients recovered from COVID-19 is used for passive transfer to treat individuals currently ill with COVID-19. This plasma is to be given to individuals with COVID-19 to try to help eliminate virus from the system and recover.

Evidence Summary:  The method of convalescent plasma has been used at various times for previous infections. There has been some evidence of benefit with Ebola, polio, measles, and influenza. Small case series with prior SARS and MERS demonstrated safety and faster viral clearance after administration of convalescent plasma, particularly when given early in the disease course.

Patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 will be prospectively evaluated for eligibility.

Key Inclusion Criteria
  • Consent
  • ≥18 years old
  • Laboratory confirmed infection
  • Admitted to an acute care facility for treatment of COVID-19 complications
  • Severe or life-threatening COVID-19 or judged by provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease

Definition of Severe or Life-Threatening

Severe disease defined as any of the following:

  • Lung infiltrates >50% within 24-48 hours
  • Partial pressure of arterial oxygen to fraction of inspired oxygen ratio <300
  • Blood oxygen saturation <=93%
  • Respiratory frequency >30 ml/min
  • Dyspnea

Life-threatening disease defined as any of the following:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Septic shock
  • Multiple organ dysfunction or failure
Key Exclusion Criteria
  • < 18 years old
  • Not admitted to hospital
  • Mild to moderate COVID-19
  • Known allergies or infusion reaction with plasma
Intervention Patients will be transfused with one unit of ABO compatible convalescent plasma obtained from an individual who has recovered from documented infection with SARS-CoV-2
Control No control group

Dosing:  1 full unit of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, or at least 200ml usual administration over 1-2 hours

Toxicity: similar risks with any plasma infusion, allergic reaction and viral infections

Monitoring/labs: as directed by study team

Administration/handling instructions: per order-set instructions and / or study team guidance

Appendix B: Remdesivir (investigational drug)

Mechanism of Action: nucleotide analogue, initially developed for treatment of Ebola. It works by inhibiting RNA-dependent RNA polymerase.

Evidence Summary:  In-vitro activity against MERS and SARS and has shown efficacy in animal models. It inhibits SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. Clinical trial data out of China and published in The Lancet suggest a lack of robust benefit in patients with severe COVID-19. However, a clinical trial in the United States led by NIH suggest that there is a statistically significant reduction in time to clinical improvement in patients with severe COVID-19 treated with remdesivir compared to placebo. Additionally, a press release from Gilead suggests that patients treated with a  5-day course of remdesivir fare similarly to patients treated with a 10-day course. Detailed manuscripts of each of these trials are still pending.

On Friday 5/01, the FDA announced emergency use authorization of remdesivir in hospitalized patients with COVID based on the results of the NIH preliminary trial data. The sponsoring company also announced the donation of approximately 600,000 doses that are to be distributed in coordination with the US government. The state of Iowa has been allocated a very small number of these vials.

Dosing:

  • Adults: 200mg IV x1, followed by 100mg IV daily x 4-9 days
  • Pediatrics: dosing is dependent on weight
    • ≥40 kg: 200 mg IV x1, followed by 100 mg IV daily x 4-9 days
    • 5 to 40 kg: 5 mg/kg IV x1, followed by 2.5 mg/kg IV daily x 4-9 days

Toxicity: elevated transaminases (reversible upon drug cessation), reversible kidney injury (avoid other nephrotoxic agents if possible, including NSAIDS), hypotension during infusion

Monitoring/labs: as directed by study team, but patients should minimally receive the following monitoring:

  • Hepatic enzymes: ALT should be obtained at baseline prior to initiation and at least every other day while on therapy. Therapy should be discontinued if ALT rises above 5 times the upper limit of normal
  • Serum creatinine: obtain at baseline prior to initiation and daily while on therapy. Consideration should be made for discontinuation if CrCl drops below 30 ml/min

Drug metabolism: remdesivir is a prodrug requiring CYP3A4 for activation thus there is potential for reduced conversion in the presence of CYP3A4 inhibitors like lopinavir/ritonavir, cobicistat, etc.

IV compatibility: Is compatible with 0.9% NaCl, no other compatibility information is available

Administration/handling instructions: per prescription instructions and / or study team guidance. Dose is administered via IV infusion over 30-120 minutes.

Clinical Trials: NCT04257656, NCT04252664, NCT04280705, NCT04292899, NCT04292730, NCT043028766

Routes of Access to Remdesivir at UIHC: UIHC currently has access to remdesivir through a variety of pathways including clinical trial, compassionate use, and the recently announced emergency use authorization. Each of these routes of access has notable limitations and is subject to change at any time. Given the significant supply constraints, UIHC cannot and will not guarantee access to patients even if they appear to meet criteria as described below.

  1. Clinical Trial Access: UIHC has enrolled in two trials (one for moderate disease and one for severe disease) and patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 will be prospectively evaluated for eligibility. Notably, the sponsoring company has announced the expected of closure of enrollment in the trials on Friday, 5/29. 
  NCT04292730 NCT04292899
Disease Severity Moderate Severe
Key Inclusion Criteria
  • Consent
  • PCR-confirmed infection ≤4 days prior to randomization
  • >=18 yo or >=12-18 yo weighing >=40kg
  • SpO2 > 94% on room air at screening
  • Radiographic evidence of pulmonary infiltrates
  • Consent
  • PCR-confirmed infection ≤4 days prior to randomization
  • >=18 yo or >=12-18 yo weighing >=40kg
  • SpO2 ≤ 94% on room air at screening
  • Radiographic evidence of pulmonary infiltrates
Key Exclusion Criteria
  • Participation in separate clinical trial for treatment of COVID-19
  • Use of other antiviral agents with potential activity against SARS-CoV-2 within 24 hours of study drug dosing
  • Mechanical ventilation at screening
  • ALT or AST >  5x ULN
  • CrCl < 50 mL/min
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding or allergic to study drug
  • Participation in separate clinical trial for treatment of COVID-19
  • Use of other antiviral agents with potential activity against SARS-CoV-2 within 24 hours of study drug dosing
  • Evidence of multiorgan failure
  • Mechanically ventilated >=5 days or any duration of VA ECMO
  • ALT or AST >  5x ULN
  • CrCl < 50 mL/min
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding or allergic to study drug
Intervention Two arms: 5 days of remdesivir therapy or 10 days of remdesivir therapy  10 days of remdesivir therapy
Control Standard of care therapy No active control arm

 

  1. Compassionate Use Access:

Key Inclusion criteria*:

  • Pregnant women OR children ≤18 years of age
  • Hospitalization​
  • Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 by PCR​
  • Severe manifestation of disease

Key Exclusion criteria*:

  • Evidence of multiorgan failure
  • Pressor requirement to maintain blood pressure
  • Renal failure (eGFR <30 ml/min or continuous hemofiltration)
  • ALT levels > 5 x ULN
  • Eligibility for remdesivir through clinical trial

        *These criteria are subject to change without notice

  1. Emergency Use Authorization Access:

Key inclusion criteria:

  • Hospitalization
  • Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 by PCR
  • Symptom onset within 10 days prior of initiaton of therapy
  • Severe manifestation of disease with radiographic confirmation of pulmonary infiltrates and SpO2 ≤94%
  • Ineligibility for access through clinical trial
  • Weight ≥40 kg

Key exclusion criteria:

  • Evidence of multiorgan failure
  • AST or ALT > 5x ULN
  • CrCL <30 ml/min
  • Pregnancy
  • Mechanical ventilation or use of VV ECMO for ≥5 days at time of initiation of therapy
  • Any duration of VA ECMO

Appendix C: Hydroxychloroquine

Mechanism of Action: Heme polymerase inhibitor; increases the pH of the phagolysosome, which interrupts virus/cell fusion, as well as interferes with the glycosylation of cellular receptors of SARS- CoV

Evidence Summary: Hydroxychloroquine has been shown to inhibit replication of SARS-CoV2 in vitro. Chloroquine has been shown to inhibit many viruses in vitro. However, it has not been shown to be an effective antiviral in vivo in limited trials. In an animal model of chikungunya virus infection, chloroquine delayed the immune response, resulting in lack of viral clearance . A small, open-label, non-randomized study conducted in France showed reduced time to viral clearance in the oropharynx compared to patients that did not receive hydroxychloroquine. Another small trial in China showed no benefit for patients receiving hydroxychloroquine compared to patients not receiving it. The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to be supplied from the strategic national stockpile for treatment of COVID-19. Fact sheets are available for patient and health care providers.

Clinical trials underway:  NCT04308668 (Minnesota), NCT04307693, NCT04261517, NCT04315896, NCT04334148

It is being investigated in clinical trials in China and Korea for treatment. It is being evaluated at the University of Minnesota for post-exposure prophylaxis, and now being evaluated through the HERO registry for pre-exposure prophylaxis in healthcare workers.

Note on supply chain issues: given the national attention that has been put on the potential benefit of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, the United States is facing significant supply chain issues related to both medications. UIHC currently has a small supply of hydroxychloroquine and guidance for its use in this document attempts to maximize the potential (unproven) benefit for patients at highest risk of negative clinical outcomes. Hydroxychloroquine is restricted to use in patients with a rheumatologic indication OR in patients that meet the criteria outlined by the FDA.

Guidance Regarding Inpatients:

  • Hydroxychloroquine is NOT recommended for treatment or prophylaxis of COVID-19 at UIHC outside the context of a clinical trial.
  • Below represents a summary of information provided in the FDA fact sheet for healthcare providers
  • Inclusion criteria: hydroxychloroquine may be considered in adult and adolescent hospitalized patients weighing over 50 kg with COVID-19 that do NOT qualify for clinical trials such as remdesivir

Contraindications: allergy to hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, prolonged QTc (consider 500 milliseconds as maximum acceptable measurement and use with caution above 470 milliseconds), 2nd or 3rd degree AV block, uncorrected electrolyte abnormalities (i.e. potassium <3.5 mEq/L, calcium < 8.5 mg/dL, magnesium <1.5 mg/dL), presence of retinal or visual field changes of any etiology

Dosing:

  • Adults / patients weighing at least 50 kg: 400 mg x 2 doses PO on day 1; then 400 mg daily x 4 days (daily doses may be separated into two evenly divided doses if preferred)
  • No adjustments in hepatic or renal dysfunction
  • Monitoring:
    • QTc:
      • Obtain baseline EKG for any patient prior to initiation of therapy. See above contraindications.
      • Consider obtaining follow-up EKG 2-4 hours following first dose of therapy in any patient with borderline QTc, history of QTc prolongation, concomitant use of loop diuretics, concomitant use of additional potentially QTc-prolonging medication, bradycardia, heart failure, chronic kidney disease
    • Electrolytes:
      • Obtain baseline electrolytes including potassium, magnesium, and calcium prior to initiation of therapy
      • Replete as needed for potassium <3.5 mEq/L, calcium, <8.5 mg/dL, magnesium <1.5 mg/dL
    • Prescribing requirements:
      • Patient and/or caregiver must receive information on hydroxychloroquine and the associated risks / benefits of use in COVID-19 prior to administration of the drug (to the extent that it is practicable)
      • Health care providers must submit a report on all medication errors and all serious adverse events related to use of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19

Guidance Regarding Outpatients:

  • Based on an assessment of the potential benefit vs risk of hydroxychloroquine, the current shortage of medication, and the recent FDA emergency use authorization limiting the COVID-19 indication to hospitalized patients, hydroxychloroquine is not available for outpatient treatment except in patients with chronic and/or rheumatologic indications for use.

Appendix D: Covid-19-Associated Coagulopathy

The pathophysiology of Covid-19-associated coagulopathy appears to be complex and multifactorial, involving both cellular and plasmatic elements of the hemostatic system. Development of coagulopathy has been suggested to be a predictor of mortality in patients with Covid-19. Treatment with low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH) in prophylactic doses was associated with better outcomes in severe cases of Covid-19 meeting ISTH criteria for DIC in a retrospective analysis.

 Laboratory Monitoring for Covid-19-Associated Coagulopathy:

Presentation at UIHC Non-ICU Covid-19 Decompensation or in ICU
CBC with differential

D-dimer

PT

PTT

Fibrinogen

 

Daily:

CBC with differential

D-dimer

Every other day monitoring:

Fibrinogen

Daily:

CBC with differential

D-dimer

PT

PTT

Fibrinogen

Management:

All patients admitted to UIHC for Covid-19 should receive standard prophylactic anticoagulation with enoxaparin in the absence of any contraindications, see Table 1 for recommendations. Extending VTE prophylaxis for patients with COVID-19 is not necessary and should follow standard practice (a multidisciplinary discussion should occur at or near the time of discharge to determine if a patient has ongoing risk factors, may benefit form extended post-hospital VTE prophylaxis). Whether or not Covid-19-infected patients have a unique increased risk of VTE compared to other critical infections or processes is not currently known. At this time, we do not suggest intermediate or therapeutic doses of anticoagulation or thrombolytics for thromboprophylaxis. However, patients may be evaluated to participate in a clinical trial comparing standard prophylactic dose vs. intermediate-dose enoxaparin (see below for more information).

If patients with Covid-19 are admitted and have been receiving therapeutic anticoagulation (with direct acting oral anticoagulant or warfarin) prior to admission due to an appropriate indication (e.g., atrial fibrillation, prosthetic valve, h/o VTE, etc.) or if they require treatment with therapeutic anticoagulation due to an acute DVT/PE, therapeutic anticoagulation during admission should be carried out using therapeutic-dose enoxaparin per standard of care (preferred over UFH in order to minimize blood draws). If enoxaparin is contraindicated in a patient and heparin continuous infusion must be used, see table 2 for recommendations on monitoring.

Imaging:

 Concern for DVT:

  • For patients with suspected DVT and elevated D-dimer, obtain lower extremity venous studies to evaluate asymmetric limb pain or edema. If DVT is present, start therapeutic dose anticoagulation (enoxaparin preferred).
  • If D-dimer is normal, but provider feels strongly that a lower extremity venous studies should be done, contact the vascular staff on call.
  • If patient has a known PE, do not order lower extremity venous studies, patient should already be receiving therapeutic dose anticoagulation (enoxaparin preferred).
  • If patient is already receiving therapeutic dose anticoagulation, lower extremity venous studies will not be performed.
  • No “follow-up DVT” lower extremity venous studies will be performed without discussion with vascular staff on call.
  • If patient is unable to get lower extremity venous studies due to concern of staff exposure to Covid-19, and clinical suspicion for DVT is high, consult Hematology attending.

Concern for Pulmonary Embolism (PE):

  • Consider PE and diagnostic CTA in the case of:
    • Acute worsening of hemodynamic or respiratory status including:
      • Acute worsening of oxygenation
      • Fluctuating blood pressure
      • Tachycardia with imaging findings not consistent with worsening Covid-19 pneumonia
      • Hemoptysis
      • Certain ECG signs [right heart strain, sinus tachycardia, simultaneous T wave inversions in the inferior (II, III, aVF) and right precordial leads (V1-4)]
  • Diagnostic evaluation:
    • Preferred: CTA
    • Alternative: ECHO may be useful if patient is unstable, CTA is unavailable, or when there are contraindications for CTA
  • Comments:
    • Elevated D-dimer is a hallmark of Covid-19 disease and higher levels have been associated with worse outcomes in Covid-19 disease. Therefore, elevated, marked increase, or rising D-dimer may not be useful in calculating pre-test probabilities scores in PE, as we these values cannot differentiate between worsening Covid-19 disease and developing PE.
    • Lower extremity venous studies should not be considered a routine part of an evaluation for suspected PE in patients with Covid-19.

 Clinical Trial Enrollment: Adult patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 may be eligible to participate in a study evaluating standard-dose vs. intermediate dose enoxaparin. Contact Usha Perepu (6-2195 or pager 3227) for more information.

Key Inclusion Criteria
  • Laboratory confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Age ≥ 18 years
  • Requires hospital admission for further clinical management
  • Modified ISTH Overt DIC score ≥ 3 or ICU patient (irrespective of the score)
Key Exclusion Criteria
  • < 18 years old
  • Not admitted to hospital
  • Pregnancy
  • Indication for full therapeutic-dose anticoagulation
  • Acute venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) within prior 3 months
  • Acute cardiovascular event within prior 3 months
  • Acute stroke (ischemic or hemorrhagic) within prior 3 months
  • Active major bleeding
  • Severe thrombocytopenia (<25,000/mm3)
  • Increased risk of bleeding, as assessed by the investigator
  • Acute or chronic renal insufficiency with estimated Creatinine Clearance< 30 ml/min calculated by the modified Cockcroft and Gault formula
  • Weight < 40 kg
  • Known allergies to ingredients contained in enoxaparin or allergy to heparin products such as history of heparin induced thrombocytopenia.
Intervention Patients will be randomized to receive intermediate dose enoxaparin (1 mg/kg SQ daily if BMI < 30 kg/m2 or 0.5 mg/kg SQ twice daily if BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) or standard prophylactic dose enoxaparin.

Table 1: Thromboprophylaxis Recommendations in Adult Patients with COVID-19

Patient Type Non-ICU ICU
 

BMI < 30 kg/m2 & GFR ≥ 30 mL/min

 

Preferred: Enoxaparin 40 mg SQ daily

Alternative: UFH 5000 units SQ q12hr

 

Preferred: Enoxaparin 40 mg SQ daily

Alternative: UFH 5000 units SQ q12hr

BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 but < 40 kg/m2

AND

GFR ≥ 30 mL/min

 

Preferred: Enoxaparin 30 mg SQ q12hr

Alternative: UFH 5000 units SQ q12hr

 

Preferred: Enoxaparin 40 mg SQ q12hr

Alternative: UFH 5000 or 7500 units SQ q8 or q12hr

 

Any BMI and GFR < 30 mL/min

 

 

Preferred: Enoxaparin 30 mg SQ daily

Alternative: UFH 5000 units SQ q12h

 

 

Preferred: Enoxaparin 30 mg SQ daily

Alternative: UFH 5000 units SQ q12hr

 

 

BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2

or

Patient has additional risk factors*

 

 

Preferred: Enoxaparin 40 mg SQ q12hr

Alternative: UFH 5000 or 7500 units SQ q8hr

Preferred: Enoxaparin 40 mg SQ q12hr

Alternative: UFH 5000 or 7500 units SQ q8hr

 

Pregnant Patient

 

Please refer guidance published by the Royal College of Obstetricians (RCOG)

 

 

History of HIT

 

Fondaparinux dose SQ q12hr

Dosing:

GFR > 50 mL/min: 2.5 mg

GFR 30 to 50 mL/min: 1.25 mg

GFR < 30 mL/min: Consult Hematology

 

Fondaparinux dose SQ q12hr

Dosing:

GFR > 50 mL/min: 2.5 mg

GFR 30 to 50 mL/min: 1.25 mg

GFR < 30 mL/min: Consult Hematology

 

 

Contraindications to Anticoagulation¥

 

 

Mechanical prophylaxis & Consult Hematology

 

HIT = heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

* Risk Factors: surgery, burn injury, cancer, spinal cord injury, trauma

¥ Contraindications to anticoagulation: actively bleeding or platelet count < 25,000/mm3

Table 2: Recommendations for Monitoring Heparin Continuous Infusions in Patients with COVID-19

Scenario Yes No
aPTT prolonged at baseline* Use anti-Xa (consult Pharmacy for goal range and adjustment parameters) Use aPTT
Heparin resistance¥ Use anti-Xa (consult Pharmacy for goal range and adjustment parameters) Use aPTT

* Consider reasons other than COVID-19 infection for baseline aPTT prolongation as this laboratory finding could be due to an underlying coagulopathy that increases the risk of anticoagulant-associated bleeding.

¥ Heparin resistance: >35,000 units of heparin administered per 24 hours

 

References for COVID-19 Associated Coagulopathy:

American Society of Hematology Covid-19 Resources. Accessed April 20, 2020.

Anticoagulation Forum Webinar: Thrombosis in the Hospitalized COVID Positive Patient – April 16, 2020

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Appendix E: References for COVID-19 Therapeutic Treatment Options

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American College of Cardiology. “HFSA/ACC/AHA statement addresses concerns re: using RAAS antagonists in COVID-19.” 2020.

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Arabi, Yaseen M, et al. “Treatment of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome with a combination of lopinavir-ritonavir and interferon-B1b (MIRACLE trial) study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.” Trials (2018): 1-13.

Baden, Lindsey R and Eric J Rubin. “Covid-19 – The search for effective therapy.” New England Journal of Medicine (2020): 1-2.

Barnard, Dale L, et al. “Evaluation of immunomodulators, interferons and known in vitro SARS-CoV inhibitors for inhibition of SARS-CoV replication in BALB/c mice.” Antiviral Chemistry and Chemotherapy (2006): 275-284.

Bhimraj, Adarsh, et al. “Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19.” (2020): 1-63.

Cai, Qingxian, et al. “Experimental treatment with favipiravir for COVID-19: an open-label control study.” Engineering (2020): 1-13.

Cao, B, et al. “A trial of lopinavir-ritonavir in adults hospitalized with severe covid-19.” New England Journal of Medicine (2020): 1-13.

Cevik, Muge, Connor Bamford and Antonia Ho. “COVID-19 pandemic – a focused review for clinicians.” Clinical Microbiology and Infection (2020).

Chan, Jasper Fuk-Woo, et al. “Treatment with lopinavir/ritonavir or interferon-b1b improves outcome of MERS-CoV infection in a nonhuman primate model of common marmoset.” Journal of Infectious Disease (2015): 1904-1913.

Chen, F, et al. “In vitro susceptibility of 10 clinical isolates of SARS coronavirus to selected antiviral compounds.” Journal of Clinica Virology (2004): 69-75.

Chen, Jun, et al. “A pilot study of hydroxychloroquine in treatment of patients with common coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).” Journal of Zhejiant University (2020): 1-6.

Chen, Rong-chang, et al. “Treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome with glucosteroids: the Guangzhou experience.” Critical Care Medicine (2006): 1441-1452.

Chu, C M, et al. “Role of lopinavir/ritonavir in the treatment of SARS: initial virological and clinical findings.” Thorax (2004): 252-256.

Colson, Philippe, et al. “Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as available weapons to fight COVID-19.” International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (2020): 41-43.

Cortegiani, Andrea, et al. “A systematic review on the efficacy and safety of chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.” Journal of Critical Care (2020): 1-5.

Day, Michael. “Covid-19: ibuprofen should not be used for managing symptoms, say doctors and scientists.” 2020.

de Wilde, Adriaan H, et al. “Screening of an FDA-apporved compound library identifies four small-molecule inhibitors of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus replication in cell culture.” Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (2014): 4874-4884.

Gautret, Philippe, et al. “Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19: results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial.” International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (2020): 1-24.

Giudicessi, John R, et al. “Urgent guidance for navigating and circumventing the QTc prolonging and toradogenic potential of possible pharmacotherapies for COVID-19.” Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2020): 1-20.

Guastalegname, Maurizio and Alfredo Vallone. “Could chloroquine / hydroxychloroquine be harmful in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment? .” Clinical Infectious Diseases (2020): 1-6.

Joyner, Michael. “Expanded access to convalescent plasma for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.” Mayo Clinic IRB. 3 April 2020.

Keyaerts, Els, et al. “In vitro inhibition of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus by chloroquine.” Biochemistry and Biophysics Research Communication (2004): 264-268.

Lee, Daniel W, et al. “Current concepts in the diagnosis and management of cytokine release syndrome.” Blood (2014): 188-195.

Mahevas, Matthieu, et al. “No evidence of clinical efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalized for COVID-19 infection and requiring oxygen: results of a study using routinely collected data to emulate a target trial.” 2020.

Mohammad, Samya, et al. “Examination of hydroxychloroquine use and hemolytic anemia in G6PDH-deficient patients.” Arthritis Care and Research (2018): 481-485.

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Sanders, James M, et al. “Pharmacologic Treatments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” JAMA (2020).

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Wang, Manli, et al. “Remdesivir and chloroquine effectively inhibit the recently emerged novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in vitro.” Nature (2020): 269-271.

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Xu, Xiaoling, et al. Effective treatment of severe COVID-19 patients with tocilizumab. Anhui, China: First Affiliated Hospital of University of Science and Technology of China, 2020.

Yamamoto, Norio, et al. “HIV protease inhibitor nefinavir inhibits replication of SARS-associated coronavirus.” Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2004): 719-725.

Yao, Xueting, et al. “In vitro antiviral activity and projection and optimized dosing design of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).” Clinical Infectious Disease (2020): 1-25.

Young, Barnaby Edward, et al. “Epidemiologic features and clinical course of patents infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Singapore.” JAMA (2020): 1-8.

Yuen, K Y, et al. “Role of lopinavir/ritonavir in the treatment of SARS: intitial virological and clinical findings.” Thorax (2004): 252-256.

Zhang, Haibo, et al. “Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as a SARS-CoV-2 receptor: molecular mechanisms and potential therapeutic target.” Intensive Care Medicine (2020): 1-5.

Zhao, Ming. “Cytokine storm and immunomodulatory therapy in COVID-19: role of chloroquine and anti-IL-6 monoclonal antibodies.” International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents (2020).

 

Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Protocol: Azithromycin Discontinuation Protocol

PROTOCOL TEMPORARILY CREATED PURSUANT TO AUTHORITY OF HOSPITAL INCIDENT COMMANDER ACTIVATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19. EFFECTIVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Date Created Per HICS:       4/2/2020                                        Date Amended Per HICS:

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC)

Pharmacist Collaborative Practice Protocol

Azithromycin Discontinuation Protocol

I.  Purpose & Goals

Purpose

  • The purpose of this protocol is to limit azithromycin durations of treatment in the setting of pneumonia

Goals

  • To optimize medication management of azithromycin for patients with pneumonia.
  • To improve adherence to prescribed treatment

II.  Providers Authorized

  • Providers working within UIHC who prescribe azithromycin for pneumonia are included in this protocol.
  • Pharmacists working within UIHC may provide care to patients pursuant to this

III.   Responsibilities Authorized by this Protocol

Pharmacist Scope of Practice

  • Medication Therapy Management:
    • Acute care pharmacists may discontinue azithromycin per protocol once a patient being treated for pneumonia has received a cumulative azithromycin dose of 1500 mg in adults or 30 mg/kg (up to 1500 mg) in pediatric patients (this includes cumulation of all intravenous and oral doses).
    • This excludes patients being treated for pneumonia or pulmonary infections that are due to laboratory confirmed Legionella infection, laboratory confirmed or presumed Nocardia infection, or laboratory confirmed or presumed Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). It also notably excludes azithromycin orders intended for immunomodulatory effect.

Provider Responsibilities

  • The provider is responsible for the general supervision of the patient’s care.
  • The provider will be available to discuss care pursuant to this protocol if needed.
  • The provider may override this protocol when they deem such action necessary or appropriate for a specific patient.

IV.  Documentation/Communication

  • The pharmacist shall document all interventions and activities appropriately in the patient’s electronic medical
    • The pharmacist will discontinue the azithromycin order per pharmacist protocol. Then the pharmacist will document in the order comments that the medication was discontinued per azithromycin discontinuation protocol.
  • Circumstances that shall cause the pharmacist to initiate communication with the patient’s provider:
    • Need to initiate therapy OR when there is question regarding indication for azithromycin therapy OR if the pharmacist identifies alternative reason (besides 1500 mg limit) for discontinuing / modifying azithromycin therapy indication for azithromycin therapy
    • Critical lab
    • Adverse drug reaction necessitating physician evaluation in the professional judgment of the pharmacist (i.e., patient allergies, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, etc.).
  • If a medication error occurs, it will be reported per UIHC

V.  Quality Assurance

  • On an annual basis, the Antimicrobial Stewardship team will review a subset of patients to confirm that appropriate care is being provided pursuant to this protocol.
  • This protocol will be reviewed and updated every three years or more frequently based on changes in clinical

VI.  Pharmacist Training and On-going Competency

  • Each new pharmacist who provides care pursuant to this protocol will be trained and evaluated during an orientation period. Therapeutic plans and electronic notes will be reviewed during the orientation period as part of that

VII.  Related Standard(s)

PC-PCI-05.54, “Pharmacist and Physician Participation in Collaborative Drug Therapy Management”

UIHC Community Acquired Pneumonia MicroGuide

VIII.  References

·       Socan M. Treatment of atypical pneumonia with azithromycin: comparison of a 5-day and a 3-day course. J Chemother. 1998 Feb;10(1):64-8.

Date created: 3/26/2020

Source: Department of Pharmaceutical Care

Date of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Subcommittee approval:

4/2/2020

Date effective:

Date Revised: Date Reviewed:

Patient Eligibility Pathways for Remdesivir at UIHC
Updated on 05/15/2020 at 5:31 pm

Drug Monitoring Considerations for COVID Positive Patients
Updated on 05/29/2020 at 5:04 pm

This document is intended to guide clinical teams in evaluating whether routine monitoring of a patient can be delayed if the patient has a lab-confirmed COVID-19 infection. Please consult with the listed pharmacy contact for any questions.

COVID-19 testing

Testing criteria
Updated on 06/01/2020 at 11:01 am

Symptomatic Patient Testing Criteria (“NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19”)

Screening test criteria (“COVID-19 Asymptomatic Screen: RESTRICTED”)

Ordering and collecting a COVID-19 test
Updated on 05/28/2020 at 2:22 pm

Patients with COVID-19 typically have high titer of virus in the upper respiratory tract: oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, and sputum samples have high sensitivity and negative predictive value and are a reliable “rule out” test during the early symptomatic phase of disease.

Testing criteria are built into the Epic order. Patients who do not meet criteria should not have testing ordered due to limited availability of testing materials and/or low clinical utility.

TEST SAMPLES

Samples must be collected with appropriate swabs, and transported in appropriate media.  Swabs are available for delivery by runners at the numbers below.

  • At present, NP swabs are preferred for testing due to a shortage of OP swabs.
  • NP swabs can have respiratory pathogen panels and influenza/RSV testing co-ordered with COVID-19. OP samples are only appropriate for COVID testing.
  • Swab specimens must be hand delivered. They should never be sent via the pneumatic tube system.

NP swab collection video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVJNWefmHjE

OP collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uyBJ0nv4oI

PPE needed for sample collection: contact (gown and gloves) + droplet (surgical mask) + eye protection (face shield or goggles)

Contacts:

8-0954 or Covid 1 Runner Voalte phone for swab delivery and pickup
6-2591 Microbiology laboratory for all other questions
*4903 Pathology resident on call (days): technical and diagnostic questions
*3404 Pathology resident on call (nights): technical and diagnostic questions
*3158 Epidemiology: questions about PPE or patient isolation
*3230 (inpatient) or

*3232 (outpatient)

ID consult service: questions about patient management


Test Performance:

NP and OP swabs are equivalent, with nearly 100% negative predictive value in symptomatic patients per APHL

Sputum has a higher viral load, but since most patients have a very high viral load in NP or OP swabs already, performance characteristics (sensitivity/negative predictive value) are not typically better for sputum.

Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) is probably equivalent to sputum, according to limited current data.

RE-TESTING FOR COVID-19

Patients with COVID-19 typically have high titers of virus in the oro- and nasopharynx and therefore, the OP or NP swab is a sensitive test. However, over the course of the illness, the levels of virus in the upper airway decline – even in patients with progressive lower respiratory tract illness.  Most asymptomatic COVID-19 patients also have high viral titers, though the kinetics of viral load are not well understood very early in infection.

Therefore, there are two scenarios where retesting may be necessary:

  1. The patient tested negative but was very early in their course of illness, and/or were asymptomatic, and/or did not have COVID-19 (these scenarios cannot be distinguished in most cases).  The patient later developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and met criteria for testing.  Sample type for retesting in this case may be NP, OP or sputum.
  2. The patient presented with a long course of illness (>=7 days) and an NP or OP swab was negative.  Repeating an NP or OP swab in this case is not recommended as it does not access the lower respiratory tract where virus is more likely to be found; sputum, tracheal aspirate or BAL is recommended for retesting in these cases.

Retesting will be screened for in Epic on an active basis, and cases not approved will have testing canceled. Page *4903 to discuss circumstances with the pathology resident on call to streamline approval if criteria are met.

Universal Maternal Testing for COVID-19
Updated on 04/23/2020 at 8:10 am

COVID-19 Swab Kits available to most patient care areas
Updated on 05/12/2020 at 9:25 am

Effective on or before Tuesday, May 13, 2020, COVID-19 Swab Kits will be available to most patient care units/clinics on the main UI Hospitals & Clinics campus via the Omnicells (with the exception of swab kits  supplied to the ED and the ILI Clinic, which will follow our current processes for those areas). As of that date, if you need a swab kit in order to collect a specimen from a patient for COVID-19 testing, first check your Omnicell for the kit (most areas will have both OP and NP kits stocked in their Omnicells, so be sure to choose the correct one based on the site from which you will obtain the specimen). Once you have collected the specimen, then either deliver the specimen to the Microbiology lab or contact the COVID-swab runner by text (preferred) to COVID-19 or place a voice call to 8-0954 or 319-678-0954. A swab runner will pick up the specimen and deliver it to the Microbiology lab. As a reminder, swab specimens in liquid viral media (such as specimens collected for COVID-19 testing) cannot be sent via the pneumatic tube system; they must be hand carried to the Microbiology Lab. 

An initial supply of kits will be placed in each Omnicell based on recent or anticipated testing needs. Staff from Processed Stores will replenish the kits, using products supplied by Pathology, as they replenish other Omnicell supplies. If you find you have no kits available when you look in your Omnicell, please contact the COVID-swab runner, and a kit will be delivered to you by the swab runner. Please do not contact Processed Stores to request a replacement kit.

Questions? Contact Heidi Nobiling (heidi-nobiling@uiowa.edu) if you have questions or concerns about this change.

Q&A: COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2) Serological Testing
Updated on 05/27/2020 at 1:48 pm

Surgical services guidelines

Surgical Subcommittee Guidelines- Asymptomatic Pre-Procedure Screening Guidelines
Updated on 05/22/2020 at 3:48 pm

Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Directive April 10, 2020

The local environment of the COVID-19 Pandemic has enabled us to update the guidelines for PPE and COVID-19 testing in the operating rooms and procedural locations. The following revised guidelines are for all patients requiring emergent and essential surgical management in the UIHC operating rooms and procedural locations. The definitions of Class A and Class B emergency, are unchanged. Urgent surgery, including Class C and D add-ons, will be in line with the guidelines released by the Governor’s office, and determined as urgent by the chair of the surgical department.  Essential surgery and procedures include nonemergency/nonurgent procedures that are still allowed by the Governor’s directive (e.g., cancer surgery). Elective, nonessential surgery and procedures will not be performed. A few essential issues need to be considered:

1. The guidelines apply to all procedural locations at UIHC:

  1. Main Operating Rooms
  2. Ambulatory Surgery Center
  3. SFCH Operating Rooms
  4. Urology Cystoscopy Suite
  5. Labor and Delivery
  6. Digestive Health Center Procedure Suite
  7. Cardiac Cath Lab
  8. Radiation Oncology
  9. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  10. Interventional Radiology/MRI/CT
  11. Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
  12. Pediatric Cardiac Cath Lab
  13. SFCH LL2 Procedure Suite
  14. Bronchoscopy Lab (only cases scheduled with Anesthesia)

2. As directed by the Governor, ICU bed and hospital bed availability will dictate OR utilization as will the HICS Surge Classification.2. OR utilization will gradually increase to comply with the Governor’s Proclamation related to surgeries and procedures.

3. Departments will be able to schedule into their previously allotted room allocation.

4. The guidelines might require immediate alteration and shut down of scheduled essential cases if a surge develops.

5. When inpatient census is at a level where we need to surge into the overflow locations (CPRU, DHC, MOR PACU, ASC PACU, SFCHOR PACU) only emergent/urgent surgeries and procedures will be done.

6. In the event that a high level COVID-19 activity occurs within the hospital, the hospitalists assigned to your service will likely be re-assigned within the hospital and might be unavailable for surgical care.

7. The surgical and anesthesia teams are encouraged to use regional anesthesia when appropriate.

8. In the event that a high level COVID-19 activity occurs within the hospital, the hospitalists assigned to your service will likely be re-assigned within the hospital and might be unavailable for surgical care.

9. The surgical and anesthesia teams are encouraged to use regional anesthesia when appropriate.

  • Class A Emergency procedures will be performed with Universal Precautions, N95 mask and face shield for all providers in the operating room, unless the patient has a negative COVID-19 test on the chart.
  • Class B Emergency that cannot wait for COVID-19 testing will be performed with Universal Precautions, N95 masks and shields, unless the patient has a negative COVID-19 test on the chart. As the availability of COVID-19 testing increases, those inpatients that require take-back will most likely have already undergone testing.
  • Patients undergoing Urgent/ESSENTIAL procedures with general, regional, and MAC anesthesia, including C and D add-ons, are to be tested for COVID-19 by UIHC Department of Pathology on the day before the procedure is to be performed.
    • There will be no exceptions to this testing requirement for essential scheduled cases.
    • Patients will be required to come to UIHC the calendar day prior to their procedure for testing.
    • For outpatients, testing will only take place at the ILI clinic in Pomerantz Pavilion in the Family Care Area. For inpatients, Urgent Class C and D patients in the hospital will require COVID-19 testing.  Inpatient unit staff will obtain the swab. For both outpatient and inpatient cases, this testing must be completed before 12:00 PM the day prior to surgery.
    • The surgical or procedural team will be responsible for ordering the testing, notifying the patient of the test and time constraints, checking on the results on the evening prior to scheduled surgery, and alerting the OR of the results.
    • Patients will have to self-isolate in their home or local hotel/motel between testing and the procedure.
    • Patients scheduled for multiple procedures will be tested the day prior to the first scheduled procedure.  This test result is good for 2 days, then the test must be repeated.
    • If a surgical case is coordinated with another procedure the day prior to the surgical case (i.e. Dermatology Mohs procedure), the patient will be tested the day prior to the first scheduled procedure.  This test result is good for 2 days.
    • For add-on procedures, a test result is good for 2 days, then the test must be repeated.

Negative COVID-19 test > 2 days old or no prior test performed:

Screen patient for symptoms. If asymptomatic, order asymptomatic test prior to the procedure and follow appropriate processes including PPE based on test result. For scheduled procedures, test must be completed the day before the procedure. For repeat or add-on procedures, test is good for 2 days, then must be repeated.

Positive COVID-19 test within the last 30 days:

Do not order asymptomatic test prior to the procedure. If criteria has been met to discontinue isolation, follow standard precautions before and after procedures. During procedures (in OR or procedure suite), follow airborne/contact/eye precautions.

Positive COVID-19 test > 30 days:

Order asymptomatic test prior to procedure and follow appropriate processes including PPE based on test result.

Positive COVID-19 test and future nonessential/elective procedure requiring anesthesia:

Do not schedule nonessential surgery within 30 days of a positive COVID-19 test because of an increased risk for perioperative complications in the COVID-19 convalescent period.  If there is a difference of opinion about proceeding with a case between Anesthesiologist and Surgeon, the Executive Medical Director of Perioperative Services is to be consulted to adjudicate. After 30 days, order asymptomatic test prior to procedure and consider canceling the procedure if positive.

  1. Patients with COVID-19 positive test, consider delaying the surgery until patient’s condition has improved.
    1. Patients testing positive will require shields and N95 masks by all personnel in the operating room
  1. Patients with negative COVID-19 test can proceed with routine surgical precautions including face shields and regular surgical masks.
    1. Patients will not be contacted with negative results.
    2. This is a change from the previous guidelines where exceptions were made for surgical sites involving the upper aerodigestive tract, esophagus and lungs.
    3. Exceptions will not be made in PPE for COVID-19 negative cases.

Transplant Patients:

  1. Donors
    1. No living donor evaluations or living donor surgeries (unless there is a compelling reason to do so) for now;
    2. Deceased donor organ offers
      1. Can consider organs from areas with current low prevalence of COVID-19 if donors do not have a history of possible exposure to COVID-19 or have COVID-19 type symptoms AND test negative for COVID-19. We will not use donors that test positive or that cannot be tested.
  2. Recipients
    1. No living donor kidney transplants for now unless there is a compelling reason to do so
    2. Patients called in for transplant
      1. Should have no history of known exposure to COVID-19 or have COVID-19 type symptoms AND
      2. Preferably have a negative COVID-19 test. We will test all potential recipients.
        1. We will wait for a negative test result on all kidney recipients
        2. We may not have time to wait for a negative result on all liver recipients though it is our preference to do so; the ability to do so depends on timing of recipient admission, test run availability and turn-around time, and timing of donor surgery. We will proceed without a test result if it is in the best interest of the patient. This is a fluid situation and can change depending on factors mentioned above.

Obtaining COVID-19 Testing and Ordering Testing:

This workflow centers on the surgeon or proceduralist placing two orders (one for the test and one for the visit) as well as notifying the patient that this testing is needed.

  1. The surgeon or proceduralist must place the specific Epic panel order FOL162 for an ILI pre-operative screening at ILI Respiratory Clinic and COVID-19 asymptomatic testing. A checkbox will be within the order to indicate this is for an essential surgery.
  2. The surgeon’s or proceduralist’s clinic team must call the patient to let them know they need to come for preoperative testing the morning prior to the procedure.
  3. The PAC will call the patient to arrange appointment in ILI Respiratory clinic. The PAC will give the patient instructions on where to come for the testing.
  4. The PAC will provide the patient with appropriate instructions based on the anticipated specimen collection method:
    1. This will be a drive-thru testing. Patient will drive through the FCC circle drive and remain in their vehicle.
    2. Clinic staff will be stationed outside and approach the patient in their vehicle to collect a swab.
    3. Call the ILI Respiratory Clinic @ x8-6762, if needed, once they are outside the ILI clinic and nobody is present
  5.  Drive Thru Clinic Hours:All testing will need to be completed between 7AM-1130AM, the day prior to surgery for scheduled procedures, so the lab has the specimens by NOON.
  6. For same day add-on cases identified after 1130AM, the ILI Drive Thru Clinic testing will be available between 1130-1700 Monday-Friday and 1130-1500 Saturday-Sunday. The testing orders and workflow remain the same for these cases.
  7. The results from the COVID-19 test will be available in the chart and sent to the surgeon’s or proceduralist inbasket hopefully by late afternoon.
  8. The ILI team will notify patient of a POSITIVE result to provide education related to COVID-19.
  9. The Surgical/procedure team will communicate with patient to notify of decision to proceed or postpone the surgery/procedure.

Governor of Iowa’s Description of Essential Surgery

  • Orders all nonessential/elective surgeries and procedures that use personal protective equipment (“PPE”) be halted.
  • Effective March 27, 2020 at 5:00PM
  • “nonessential surgery” is defined as a surgery/procedure that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient, taking all appropriate factors into consideration, including, but not limited to:
  • Threat to the patient’s life if the surgery/procedure is not performed;
  • Threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system;
  • Risk of metastasis or progression of staging; and
  • Risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms
    • All nonessential individuals in surgery/procedure suites and patient care areas where PPE is required must be limited; only individuals essential to performing the surgery/procedure shall be present
    • An internal governance structure to ensure that the foregoing principles regarding nonessential surgery/procedures are observed shall be established
  • Orders all dentists and their staff to refrain from performance of elective dental procedures other than those needed to relieve pain/infection or restore normal oral function
  • Effective March 27, 2020 at 5:00PM
  • Includes refraining from initiation of crowns/bridges/dentures that do not address/prevent pain or restore normal oral function, periodontal plastic surgery, extraction of asymptomatic non-carious teeth, recall visits for periodontally-healthy patients, and all appointments for high-risk patients, including ASA 2 and 3 patients, unless emergent
  • Does not prohibit the provision of emergency dental services
  • Enforcement to be by Iowa Dental Board, who shall have the powers and status of peace officers when enforcing this provision
  • Iowa Code §153.33(1)(b)
  • Iowa Dental Board directed to provide additional guidance regarding nature/scope of restriction
  • Iowa Code §29C.19

Governor of Iowa’s Proclamation on Nonessential or Elective Surgeries and Procedures

SECTION ONE. Pursuant to Iowa Code§ 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order that effective at 5:00 a.m. on April 27, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020:

  • A hospital, outpatient surgery provider, or outpatient procedure provider may conduct inpatient surgeries and procedures that, if further delayed, will pose a significant risk to quality of life and any outpatient surgeries or procedures if the hospital or provider complies with the following requirements:
  1. A hospital or provider must have:

a. Adequate inventories of personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to a reliable supply chain without relying on state or local government PPE stockpiles to support continued operations and respond to an unexpected surge in a timely manner; and

b. A plan to conserve PPE consistent with guidance from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health;

2. A hospital or provider must have a plan for timely COVID-19 testing of symptomatic patients and staff to rapidly mitigate potential clusters of infection and as otherwise clinically indicated. Providers must comply with any relevant guidance related to testing requirements for patients and staff issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the CDC, or a provider’s professional specialty society. For scheduled surgeries patients should have a negative COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours of surgery date. If a COVID-19 test is not available, a hospital or provider should consider alternative methods to determine the patient’s probability of COVID-19. If the patient has symptoms of fever, cough, or low oxygen saturation, then postponing the surgery is recommended.

3. A hospital must continue to accept and treat COVID-19 patients and must not transfer COVID-19 patients to create capacity for elective procedures.

4. A hospital must reserve at least 30% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds and 30% of medical/surgical beds for COVID-19 patients.

5. A hospital or provider that begins conducting surgeries or procedures as authorized by this paragraph but is no longer able to satisfy all these requirements must cease conducting such surgeries or procedures except as authorized by paragraph B. All hospitals and providers shall have a plan in place to monitor compliance and a transition plan to reduce or suspend procedures and surgeries as necessary.

  • Except as provided in paragraph A, all nonessential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilize PPE must not be conducted by any hospital, outpatient surgery provider, or outpatient procedure provider, whether public, private, or nonprofit.
  • A nonessential surgery or procedure is one that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient, considering all appropriate factors including, but not limited to any: (1) threat to the patient’s life if the surgery or procedure is not performed; (2) threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system; (3) risk of metastasis or progression of staging; and (4) risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms.
  • Each hospital, outpatient surgery provider, and outpatient procedure provider shall limit all nonessential individuals in surgery and procedure suites and patient care areas where PPE is required. Only individuals essential to conducting the surgery or procedure shall be present in such areas.
  • Each hospital, outpatient surgery provider, and outpatient procedure provider shall establish an internal governance structure to ensure that the principles outlined above are followed.
Class A/B and COVID-19 Positive/PUI Team Organization
Updated on 05/11/2020 at 2:27 pm

Clinical guidelines and codes

Code blue updates for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
Updated on 04/20/2020 at 1:30 pm

A new guideline for code blue for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 has been outlined for our UI Health Care staff to follow, effectively immediately.

Code Blue Guideline for COVID-19 patients or PUI

  1. Cardiac arrest management for patients with either confirmed COVID-19 infection or PUI is a high-risk period for transmission to health care workers.
  2. Providers should proactively address goals of care of COVID-19 patients. In the event of cardiac arrest, the evidence is showing that the probability of a good outcome is poor, especially in critically ill COVID-19 patients. This information should be shared with the patient (or surrogate decision-makers) as it relates to the specific patient’s condition.
  3. If a patient enters cardiac arrest, follow current guidelines for your area (calling a code blue for inpatient and outpatient at main campus & calling 911 for offsite locations).
  4. While you wait for the response team to arrive follow the current American Heart Association Guidance:
    1. Cover your own mouth and nose with a facemask (KN95s available in all areas/crash carts).
    2. Cover the patient’s mouth and nose with a face mask.
    3. Perform hands-only CPR.
    4. Use an AED/Defibrillator if available.
    5. Once the response team arrives, let them assume care of the patient and leave the room.
  1. The response team for COVID-19 cardiac arrest patients should be limited to only necessary personnel. Pharmacists will be available outside the room. Students are not to be allowed in to simply observe.
  2. All code blue response team members, during cardiac arrest, should adhere to airborne and contact isolation precautions. No Code Blue team member should enter the patient’s room without these precautions. The door should remain closed.
  3. Each member of the code team should carry his/her own properly-fit N95 mask.
  4. Limited supply (2 of each size of N95 and 8 face shields) will be brought to the code as back up. One set will be brought by HOM/nursing supervisor and one set will be on the defibrillator/monitor that is brought to the code.
  5. Appropriate donning and doffing procedures may delay routine cardiac arrest care. Providers will work expeditiously as best as they can, without compromising their safety. Isolation precautions and use of PPE are not different in COVID-19 confirmed patients or PUI.
  6. No unnecessary equipment should be taken into the patient’s room during cardiac arrest. The emergency medicine tray should be left outside the room. A pharmacist will assist with preparing and mixing drugs. A dedicated team member outside the room will serve as the liaison between the team leader in the room and the pharmacist outside the room, using closed loop communication.
  7. For intubated patients in ICUs who are being mechanically ventilated, respiratory therapists should expand alarm parameters and ventilation should continue with the standard mechanical ventilator (10 breaths/min). The ventilator circuit should not be broken unless evidence of equipment malfunction occurs. A viral/bacterial filter will be added to the expiratory arm by the respiratory therapist.
  8. For patients who are being bag mask ventilated (whether intubated or not), a viral/bacterial filter will be added by the respiratory therapist.
  9. After a cardiac arrest event, all equipment (such as defibrillator, etc.) should remain in the room for complete decontamination prior to placing back in service. Any patient who achieves ROSC should be transported to an ICU room using maximal contact and droplet precautions using standard institutional policy for COVID-19-positive patients (including use of security to clear hallways). The code team should discard their PPEs after the code and while in the room, and then wear new PPEs for patient transport.

Code green updates for behavioral emergencies, new team formed

To promote increased social distancing the Code Green Committee has developed a multi-tier response for behavioral emergencies. On average, the Code Green Team has 11 staff members responding throughout the hospital; this new tiered process will reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 to other areas and conserve personnel resources during the surge.

A new response team called Show of Support (SOS) Team will begin on April 1 for non-violent behavioral emergencies that can’t be resolved with a unit level response. The SOS Team will consist of a hospital security officer, BHS nurse leader (M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.), and BHS SWOT/HOM (off shifts). Please see table below as a guide on when to call each team. Staff will dial 192 (on the back of the badge) and request either the Show of Support Team or the Code Green Team (a similar model to medical emergencies).

The Code Green and Show of Support Teams are available to units/services at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Off-site areas should follow their emergency management plan.

Patient Behavior Level of Response
  • Confused/delirious
  • Irritable (easily annoyed/angered)
  • Not following directions
Unit level response:

  • Notify nurse manager and/or charge nurse
  • Notify patient’s provider
  • Verbal threats to harm self or others
  • Impulsive (quick to over react)
  • Staff concerned patient will escalate further
Show of Support Team

  • Dial 192
  • Physical violence seems imminent
  • Property destruction
  • Elopement
Code Green Team

  • Dial 192

Frequently asked questions

What if I don’t need the SOS/Code Green Team but just need a psychiatric consult?

  • Psych Consult Services at pager #3322
  • Psych nurse daytime consult pager #7689
  • BHS SWOT nurse #3498

What if a visitor is having the behavioral emergency?

  • Contact Safety and Security, dial 195

What if my patient needs twice as tough restraints?

  • Call BHS units or HOM to have restraints sent to you:
    • 2JPW: 3-6155
    • 2JPE: 6-7736
    • HOM #3313

More information

COVID-19 NICU Guidelines
Updated on 05/07/2020 at 2:28 pm

COVID-19 NNSY Guidelines
Updated on 05/18/2020 at 2:21 pm

Pediatric RRT and Code Blue Response
Updated on 05/18/2020 at 7:33 am

1. Resuscitation efforts will be carried out using standard procedures and protocols

2. Care will be taken to minimize the number of staff members and equipment entering the patient’s room.

  • Any provider and staff members (e.g., RT, RN) entering the room during a resuscitation will follow standard, contact and airborne precautions with eye protection given high likelihood of an aerosol-generating procedure. This means wearing a gown, gloves, N95 mask and face shield. Door will remain closed.
  • PICU Charge RN will bring a special COVID-19 filter for resuscitation bag and bag of back up PPE (8 face shields and 2 of each size N95 mask) to all RRT and Code Blue events.
  • Pediatric Senior Resident will bring a special COVID-19 filter for resuscitation bag and bag of back up PPE (8 face shields and 2 of each size N95 mask) to all RRT and Code Blue events. This will be stored in the Resident Workroom on Level 10. Resident must return this to L10 charge nurse who will should inventory, re-stock and replace bag in Resident Workroom on Level 10 after use (directions inside bag).
  • Intubation should be performed by the most experienced provider available. Awake fiberoptic intubation should be avoided.  Perform a rapid sequence induction to avoid manual ventilation.  Laryngoscopes should be sheathed immediately post-intubation and all used airway equipment will be sealed in a zip-locked plastic bag.
  • Medication tray should be left outside the room.
Peds RRT for NON COVID-19 PUI or positive patient

Responders who should enter the room:

  • Senior Pediatric Resident
  • Staff Physician for the patient
  • Bedside RN
  • Additional Floor RN
  • RT
  • PICU Charge RN

** Floor Charge RN to direct traffic but does not need to enter room unless there is clinical necessity

Peds RRT for COVID-19 PUI or positive patient

Responders who should enter the room

  • Senior Pediatric Resident or Fellow or Staff Physician (i.e, the most experienced available clinician
  • Bedside RN
  • Additional Floor RN
  • RT
  • PICU Charge RN
  • Peds anesthesia faculty (#6626) will get the page as FYI

** Floor Charge RN to direct traffic but does not need to enter room unless there is clinical necessity

Peds Code Blue* for NON COVID-19 PUI or positive patient

Responders who should enter the room:

  • PICU fellow / faculty (will serve as team leader)
  • Senior Pediatric Resident
  • Bedside RN
  • Additional Floor RN (this might be the Floor Charge RN)
  • RT
  • PICU Charge RN
  • Anesthesia On-Call for airway
  • Peds anesthesia faculty (#6626)
  • Individuals performing chest compressions, if needed
Peds Code Blue* for COVID-19 PUI or positive patient

Responders who should enter the room:

  • PICU fellow / faculty (will serve as team leader)
  • Senior Pediatric Resident or Fellow or Staff Physician (i.e, the most experienced available clinician
  • Bedside RN
  • Additional Floor RN (this might be the Floor Charge RN)
  • RT
  • PICU Charge RN
  • Anesthesia On-Call for airway
  • Peds anesthesia faculty (#6626)
  • Individuals performing chest compressions, if needed

*Additional responders who are needed for a Code Blue but should not enter the patient’s room include:

  • Floor / Charge RN to direct traffic
  • RN to assist with preparing medications
  • RT Supervisor and CWS House Operations Supervisor (HOM)
  • All other typical Code Blue responders
Hyperbaric COVID-19 Protocol for the Treatment of Emergency Cases
Updated on 05/20/2020 at 10:47 am

PURPOSE: Description of work flow alterations in an effort to mitigate the spread of infection within the hyperbaric facility when caring for emergent cases and/or incidences involving two or more patients, in addition to suspected Covid 19 patients. This patient population includes those receiving emergency related treatment.

TARGET POPULATION: Hyperbaric staff, patients, physicians, and the physical facility

DEFINITIONS: None

CRITERIA:

CLINICAL ASSESSMENT/SCREENING:

A. Patients that meet the inclusion criteria to receive hyperbaric treatmet will be assessed daily with the following methods.

  1. Upon arrival to the facility and if able, each patient will be screened for new or worsening cough, fever, or sore throat. Clinical presentation will provide a secondary observation if the patient is displaying Covid like symptoms and unable to verbally respond to these questions.
  2. Patient temperatures will be taken daily and documented in EPIC.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

A. Covid-19 prescreening will be documented in EPIC in accordance with hospital guidelines.

PRECAUTIONS, CONSIDERATIONS, AND OBSERVATIONS:

A. Facility Preparedness

  1. The chamber will be disinfected between each treatment by the hyperbaric staff with an approved disinfecting agent recommended by Perry Baromedical.
  2. Hyperbaric equipment including recliners, chairs, pillows, IV poles, ventilators, and patient monitors will be cleaned with an approved disinfectant agent between each treatment.
  3. The dressing rooms will be disinfected with a hospital supplied approved cleaning agent between each patient use.
  4. Patient equipment in the form of hoods or masks will be disinfected between each treatment and stored separately in a sealed bag on a labeled shelf.

B. Patient requirements

  1. All patients will don a surgical mask upon entering the facility and be asked to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
  2. As required to participate in a hyperbaric treatment, the patient will change into approved 100% HBO cotton scrubs.
  3. After changing clothes, patients will either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
  4. Vital signs will be performed and documented in EPIC. Temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure will be taken before the patient enters the chamber.
  5. The patient will be allowed to use a surgical mask during the compression phase of the dive. This accommodation allows access to their nose to facilitate a Valsalva maneuver to prevent ear barotrauma.
  6. If the patient is intubated, Covid isolation guidelines established by the Respiratory Care department will be followed.
  7. Once treatment depth has been reached, each patient will remove their surgical mask and don their HBO approved oxygen hood.
  8. The hood will remain on the patient for the duration of the treatment including decompression. This action effectively isolates each patient from the chamber environment.
  9. If a patient hood needs to be removed for any reason, the patient will immediately don their surgical mask. Hood breaches will be kept to a minimum.

C. Staff requirements

  1. Each attendant will abide by the Respiratory isolation guidelines established by the hospital, CDC, and the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society during this Covid 19 crisis.
  2. A face shield, N95 mask, isolation gown, and gloves will always be worn by the HBO attendant at all times.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be used between each patient contact encounterand as per our hand hygiene policy.
  4. Gloves will be donned and doffed between patients

D. Patient load

  1. Up to six patients can be treated at the same time if from the same household.
  2. In the event multiple emergent cases arrive simultaneously and the patients are not from the same household up to 2 patients will be treated at the same time in order to maintain social distancing provided both patients can be seated. If one or both patients require a bed for treatment, only 1 will be treated at a time.
  3. Efforts will be made to triage patients based on clinical presentation.
  4. A risk assessment to patient and attendant safety will be made on a case by case basis.

E. Safety

  1. We will continue our regular practice and use of approved dive tables based on the presenting illness of each patient.

REFERENCES:

Dr. Merete Ibsen – Medical Director

Mike Holder – Safety Director

Clinical Care Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19). (2020, May 3). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-care.html

Guidelines for infection control, patient treatment, and staff safety considerations related to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) in monoplace and multiplace hyperbaric chambers during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. March 2020

APPROVED BY: Medical Director and Respiratory Care Director

Source: Department of Respiratory Care

Effective Date: 5/8/2020

Version Number: 1

Hyperbaric COVID-19 Protocol for the Treatment of Elective Cases
Updated on 06/01/2020 at 5:28 pm

PURPOSE

Description of work flow alterations in an effort to mitigate the spread of infection within the hyperbaric facility when caring for elective cases. This patient population includes those receiving scheduled daily treatments.

TARGET POPULATION:

Hyperbaric personnel, patients, and the physical facility.

CLINICAL ASSESSMENT/SCREENING:

  1. Patients that meet the inclusion criteria to receive hyperbaric treatment will be assessed daily with the following methods.
    1. Upon arrival to the facility, each patient will be screened for new or worsening cough, fever, or sore throat.
    2. Patient temperatures will be taken daily and documented in EPIC.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Covid-19 prescreening will be documented in EPIC in accordance with hospital guidelines.

PRECAUTIONS, CONSIDERATIONS, AND OBSERVATIONS:

  1. Facility Preparedness
    1. The chamber will be disinfected between each treatment by the hyperbaric staff with an approved disinfecting agent recommended by Perry Baromedical.
    2. Hyperbaric equipment including recliners, chairs, pillows, IV poles, ventilators, and patient monitors will be cleaned with an approved disinfectant agent between each treatment.
    3. The dressing rooms will be disinfected with a hospital supplied approved cleaning agent between each patient use.
    4. Patient equipment in the form of hoods or masks will be disinfected between each treatment and stored separately in a sealed bag on a labeled shelf.
  2. Patient requirements
    1. All patients will don a surgical mask upon entering the facility and be asked to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
    2. As required to participate in a hyperbaric treatment, the patient will change into approved 100% HBO cotton scrubs.
    3. After changing clothes, patients will either wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
    4. Vital signs are performed every Monday and Thursday. This includes heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, O2 saturation, and temperature. The remaining days will be limited to checking temperatures only (Tues, Wed, Fri).
    5. The patient will be required to use a surgical mask during the compression phase of the dive. This accommodation allows access to their nose to facilitate a Valsalva maneuver to prevent ear barotrauma.
    6. Once treatment depth has been reached, each patient will remove their surgical mask and don their HBO approved oxygen hood.
    7. The hood will remain on the patient for the duration of the treatment including decompression. This action effectively isolates each patient from the chamber environment.
    8. If a patient hood needs to be removed for any reason, the patient will immediately don their surgical mask.
  3. Staff requirements
    1. Each attendant will abide by the droplet isolation recommendations provided by the hospital during this Covid 19 crisis.
    2. A face shield, surgical mask, and gloves will always be worn by the HBO attendant.
    3. Hand sanitizer will be used between each patient contact encounter.
    4. Gloves will be donned and doffed between patients
  4. Patient load
    1. We will limit our capacity to 2 patients per treatment until social distancing practices subside.
    2. With 2 patients and 1 attendant, the approved 6-foot social distancing recommendation can be effectively implemented.
  5. Safety
    1. We will continue our regular practice and use of approved dive tables based on the presenting illness of each patient.

REFERENCES:

Dr. Merete Ibsen – Medical Director

Mike Holder –Safety Director

Clinical Care Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19). (2020, May 3). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-      care.html

Guidelines for infection control, patient treatment, and staff safety considerations related to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) in monoplace and multiplace hyperbaric chambers during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. March 2020

 

APPROVED BY: Medical Director and Respiratory Care Director

Source: Department of Respiratory Care
Effective Date: 5/8/2020
Version Number: 1
Date Revised:  
Date Reviewed:  

Clinical processes and workflows

Alaris IV Infusion Pumps Located Outside Patient Rooms for COVID-19 Positive Adults
Updated on 04/17/2020 at 9:20 am

PROTOCOL TEMPORARILY CREATED PURSUANT TO AUTHORITY OF HOSPITAL INCIDENT COMMANDER ACTIVATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19. EFFECTIVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Date Created Per HICS: 4/02/2020                                                             Date Amended Per HICS: (4/16/2020)

Purpose: To minimize personal protective equipment (PPE) utilization, decrease PPE doffing risks and maintain medication infusion safety. The decision to implement this policy will be made by the unit leadership (Nurse Manager and Medical Director) on a unit by unit basis due to staff education requirements and unique circumstances on each patient care unit.

Policy: For patients with a confirmed COVID-19 infection, an Alaris IV infusion pump located outside the patient’s room may be utilized for administration of continuous infusions or intravenous fluids. The decision to use this plan shall be made in conjunction with the treatment team and nursing.

General procedures for inpatient care units and the ILI Clinic:

A. Inpatients should be able to be easily visualized if this process is utilized. This can include glass doors or use of the Video Monitoring Unit (Note- the VMU is to be used as a supplemental monitoring resource dedicated to ensuring the nursing staff is aware of any activity by the patient that may affect the IV infusion, such as ‘picking’ at the lines.)

B. Direct visualization or VMU is not required for patients receiving IV fluids (D5, NS etc…) in the ILI clinic.

C. An Alaris IV infusion pump located outside of the patient’s room may be utilized for peripheral or central administration of continuous infusions or intravenous fluids

D. Extension tubing shall be attached to the Alaris IV infusion pump

  1. If utilizing tubing sets instead of or in addition to extension tubing, ports on tubing sets should not be used to administer medications
  2. IV extension tubing may be used for the same amount of time as other IV tubing
  3. Position patient in the room so that the least amount of IV extension tubing is used
  4. Keep IV tubing off the floor
  5. Care should be taken to secure IV tubing and connection sites

E. Nursing staff shall verify the IV line to be used for a given infusion prior to initiating medication administration

  1. Frequency of site checks (N-07.001)
    • Peripheral IV and Midline Catheter, non-infusing: every 24 hours
    • Peripheral IV and Midline Catheter, infusing: every 4 hours
    • Central Venous Devices, non-infusing: every 24 hours
    • Central Venous Devices, infusing: every 12 hours

F. A patient specific barcode shall be attached to the Alaris IV infusion pump located outside the patient’s room

G. A dark-colored bag shall be placed over any IV medication hung outside a patient room to protect patient information

H. Care should be taken to ensure that power cords are secured and not a trip hazard and not on the floor

I. The correct electrical connection outlet devices are located on the IV poles used for the Alaris pumps. Extension cords are temporarily authorized for this use and will be extended for the duration of the HICS COVID-19 event.

J. No restrictions regarding which continuous infusions or intravenous fluids may be run by nursing staff using an Alaris IV infusion pump located outside the patient’s room. This including but not limited to:

  1. High-alert medications (MM.7-1)
  2. Titratable continuous infusions

K. IV push medications will be done inside the patient’s room

L. Intermittent infusion will be infused via an Alaris Infusion Device located inside the patient’s room

M. Ensure that when connected to a central line, that lumens are either infusing or saline locked to avoid occlusion. Don’t shut off the pump and forget to saline lock when you are done with the lumen.

Mechanically ventilated patients who cannot be directly visualized from outside the patient room when the door is closed and are not on video monitoring:

A.Nursing staff may not administer any continuous infusions or intravenous fluids using an Alaris IV infusion pump located outside the patient’s room

B. All IV medications shall be administered using an Alaris IV infusion pump located inside the patient’s room

 Considerations during patient transport

A. Limit the number of disconnections/reconnections of IV extension tubing

B. Check that all medical devices are secure

C. Consider use of a clean disposable chux or clean pillowcase to place IV tubing in patient bed

COVID-19 Positive Patient Discharge Process
Updated on 04/20/2020 at 1:15 pm

The process outlined below is to be used for the discharge of all COVID-19 positive patients.  This process has been developed with collaboration from a multi-disciplinary team and approved through the HICS structure.

  • Once decision to discharge the patient has been confirmed, nursing will work with the patient and/or the responsible party picking up the patient to identify an approximate discharge time.
    • Note: COVID-19 positive patients cannot have visitors and are not to be waiting for ride outside of their room. All efforts should be made to prioritize any possible discharge barriers and to complete paperwork in a timely manner to make identified discharge time. Nursing’s intent is to limit the wait time of the patient’s ride and to limit the time the COVID positive patient spends in public areas.
    • It is strongly recommended that patients fill their discharge prescriptions at the UIHC Discharge Pharmacy to minimize community spread. Prescriptions should be sent electronically to the Discharge Pharmacy. Pharmacy staff will call the patient’s room to counsel the patient, and the prescriptions will be sent up to the patient’s room.

 

  • Nursing staff will perform discharge and documentation per usual method, ensuring patient receives and verbalizes understanding of COVID-19 discharge instructions.
  • Nursing will request “patient transport” via EPIC. Nursing will include “COVID-19 positive”, or similar language in comment section of request to alert transporter to take appropriate precautions.
    • Note: Patient transport request will be placed only after it is determined patient’s ride is on hospital grounds and waiting at designated pickup location.

 

  • Nursing staff will take wheelchair into patient’s room, prepare patient for discharge (e.g. transfer them into the wheelchair with belongings) while wearing droplet, contact and eye protection PPE.
  • When transportation staff arrives to unit, nursing will cover the patient with a clean sheet, place surgical mask on patient, clean handles of wheelchair with approved disinfectant per manufacturer’s guidelines* and communicate to transportation staff that patient is COVID-19 positive.
  • Transporter needs to wear a surgical face mask and eye protection, clean gloves should be stored in transporter’s pocket.  Additional PPE is not required unless other medical assistance resulting in physical contact (i.e. Assist in patient transfer) is required.
    • For infants / young toddlers the parent / guardian may sit in the wheelchair and hold onto their child for the transport off the unit.
    • For older children / adolescents then the patient should be in the wheelchair but there may be a parent / guardian present for transport off the unit as well.
  • If assistance or physical contact will be needed, two transporters will accompany the patient.  One transporter will wear a surgical face mask and eye-protection and does not wear gloves.  This person will open doors, activate elevator buttons, etc.  The second transporter will wear droplet, contact and eye protection PPE; this person will provide assistance to the patient.
  • Under no circumstances should anyone wearing gloves touch door handles, doors, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Patient will be transported to designated exit via mode-of-transportation as identified by Guest Services. If applicable, Guest Services will contact Safety and Security at #6-2658 for access to designated exit.
    • Adult patients – W194 near Ramp 1
    • Adult patients – 1940X near South JPP
    • SFCH patients – SFCH Main Entrance
    • NICU/NNSY patients – 1940X near South JPP
  • Once transport is complete, transporter will put on gloves and:
    • Place sheet in routine linen hamper
    • Thoroughly wipe wheelchair down with approved disinfectant per the manufacturer’s guidelines*
    • Remove PPE except face shield and perform hand hygiene
    • Return the wheelchair for patient use
      • PPE, linen hamper and disinfectant will be stored in the Guest Services area near West GH entrance for adult patients
      • PPE, linen hamper and disinfectant will be stored in the Guest Services area near SFCH Main Entrance for SFCH patients

Note: If transport must hand patient off to valet staff, valet staff need to wear a surgical face mask and eye protection. If providing medical assistance or making physical contact with the patient (i.e. Assist patient to transfer) droplet, contact and eye protection PPE are needed. Valet staff will follow same disposal and cleaning instructions as described above.

*Per Manufacturer’s guidelines, thoroughly wipe the surface with approved disinfectant and ensure the area is wet and allowed to air dry.

** Droplet Precautions PPE: surgical face mask, gloves

** Contact Precautions PPE: isolation gown, gloves

** Eye Protection: face shield, goggles or mask with fluid shield

Discontinuation of Isolation Precautions for Patients with COVID-19
Updated on 05/07/2020 at 8:51 am
Discontinue COVID-19 Isolation Precautions Inpatients and Outpatients with symptoms:

  1. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as:
    • resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • respiratory symptoms predominantly resolved (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

Inpatients and Outpatients without symptoms:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since the date of first positive COVID-19 test assuming no subsequent development of symptoms
  • If symptoms develop, then the above information of what to do if COVID-19 symptoms, applies

Page the Program of Hospital Epidemiology; 3158 with questions or for additional guidance.

 

Adult Overflow into UI Stead Family Children's Hospital During COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated on 06/01/2020 at 5:31 pm

Notary Process for COVID-19 Patients
Updated on 05/21/2020 at 3:50 pm

At this time, notaries will continue in-person visits to UIHC patients as needed.  The current process for notaries in non-COVID rooms will remain unchanged.  The proposed process (below) will go into effect only for COVID positive patients or patients awaiting COVID test results who require notary services.

  1. Notary (or two witnesses) will wear proper PPE to access unit. Notary will sign appropriate form outside the patient room and use window or open door to view patient.
  2. RN staff working with patient will take the signed paperwork from notary and a Voalte phone with Haiku access into the patient’s room.
  3. Patient will sign the paperwork while notary/witnesses observe from doorway.  Paperwork will remain in the patient room and accompany patient when transferred or discharged.
  4. RN staff will take a picture of each page of the signed document using the Voalte phone and Haiku application.
  5. Social Work staff will send email to Health Information Management at brooke-zittergruen@uiowa.edu and karen-r-kelly@uiowa.edu. HIM will ensure all document photos are combined into a single PDF and uploaded into the patient’s file in Epic (in media tab).

Unit Voalte phones are the primary technology for this process.  Any requests for additional applications or usage must go through HICS.

ILI Clinic/Telemedicine

ILI Respiratory Clinic – Treatment Visit
Updated on 04/17/2020 at 12:30 pm

Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who are undergoing telemedicine home monitoring by the Hospitalist team (HTT) and ILI Respiratory Telemedicine team deemed to need in person evaluation (see Ambulatory Monitoring of COVID Patients) will be seen via this workflow and under these clinical practice guidelines.

ILI Respiratory Clinic Treatment Visit Clinical Workflow and Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • Schedulers give patients instructions about location of appointment who to contact upon arrival.
  • Voalte log-ins for the treatment team. If you are assigned to the treatment team make sure to log into these when you arrive for your shift:
    • ILI Treatment Nurse
    • ILI Treatment Provider
  • Workflow at Management Check in:
    • Patients will call 8-6762 (directs to the Adult/Management check in) when they arrive.
    • Answer the phone with “ILI Respiratory Clinic. How can I help you?”
    • Get the patient’s name and DOB. Ask them where they are parked. If parked in the loop, ask what kind of vehicle they are driving and to remain in the vehicle. If parked in the ramp, ask them to head towards the Family Care Center doors and wait outside for a staff member.
    • After hanging up with the patient, complete check-in.
      • We will not be completing in-person check in for these patients.
    • Send a Voalte the ILI Treatment Nurse with:
      • Patient [name] has arrived for their treatment appointment at [time]. They are in a [vehicle description] at the front doors OR they parked in the ramp and will be at the front doors.
    • Print patient labels and give to front entrance check-in.
  • Workflow at Front Entrance Check in:
    • Give labels to the nurse or paramedic as they exit the clinic to pick up the patient.  They will be pushing a wheelchair.
  • Workflow for Treatment Team:
    • ‘Runner’ should collect patient labels and wheelchair. PPE should include face shield, mask, and gloves.
      • Treatment Nurse should be in the F pod awaiting arrival of patient. PPE should include face shield, mask, gloves, and gown.
    • Runner will meet patient outside the sliding glass doors and have them sit in wheelchair and bring them to their assigned room in the F pod.
      • Make sure the patient has a mask on prior to entering clinic
      • Bring patient through peds/OB waiting room and down hallway towards x-ray. Take a right at the tube station and that will bring you to the F pod. There will not be throughput between C and F pod, those doors have been shut.
    • The treatment RN/paramedic will room the patient similar to Evaluation and Management visits. Treatment plans the HTT or ILI Respiratory Telemedicine team wrote in their note may be completed per protocol. Any other testing/treatment will be ordered for the patient by the ILI Respiratory Clinic provider who will evaluate the patient.
    • Only patients with lab confirmed COVID should be roomed in the F pod.
      • This allows us to wear the same PPE between rooms (as long as it is not visibly soiled and you are not leaving the F pod). The only thing that must be changed between patients is a pair of gloves. Please also perform hand hygiene between patients.
    • If a patient needs to be admitted from ILI Respiratory Clinic, the provider will work with the Admission Transfer Center and the appropriate admitting service to complete. Patients do not need to be sent through the ED for admission. Page the General Medicine Triage Officer if needed.
  • Workflow for Providers with Clinical Practice Guidelines:
    • Vitals obtained and physical exam conducted by nursing staff and provider. Use clinical judgement, but consider these guidelines:
      • If patient is in respiratory distress (RR > 24 or inability to speak in full sentences or persistent O2 sat < 92% on 3 Liters NC) or with unstable vitals (hypotensive) —> ED transfer for stabilization, triage, and disposition decision
      • If 02 on room air is <92% —> Administer O2 via nasal cannula to keep SpO2 > 92% —> If O2 requirement is stable with < 3L O2 NC, and no respiratory distress or tachypnea > 24 RPM —> Direct admission
      • If concern for fluid overload on auscultation —> Consider CXR
      • If wheezing on lung exam or history of asthma/COPD —> albuterol MDI (preferably with patient’s home MDI)
    • Assess for history of heart failure or QTc prolongation
    • IV placed and blood drawn and sent for BMP (Utilize ILI: RESPIRATORY ILLNESS CLINIC ORDERS Smart Set —> Treatment —> IV Fluids)
    • Assess for nausea
      • Zofran 4 mg ODT or IV push
      • Obtain EKG if history of QTc prolongation.  Ensure QTc is <470 ms before administering Zofran
    • Review labs
      • If Cr > 1.8 mg/dL with no history of CKD —> Admission
      • If Cr > 0.5 mg/dL above baseline Cr if history of CKD —> Admission
      • If Na < 125 mEq/L or > 148 mEq/L —> Admission
      • If K < 2.5 mEq/L —> Admission
    • Replace potassium if needed
      • If K 2.5 – 3.4 mEq/L —> 40 mEq KCl liquid
    • Administer IV Fluids (LR or NS) – caution if later in course of illness (Day 7+) and concern for respiratory distress
      • 1000 cc bolus
      • 500 cc and re-evaluate for consideration of another 500 cc if history of CHF or concerns of fluid overload on CXR
    • If patient previously unable to keep down fluids secondary to nausea, can PO challenge with water or clear liquids.  If patient fails PO challenge and has intractable vomiting/nausea precluding adequate home hydration —> Direct admission
    • If patient continues to show signs/symptoms of dehydration after 1 L of IV fluids —> Direct admission

Contact HHT Hospitalist Pager to discuss patient sent from HTT Team.

Contact General Medicine Triage Officer to discuss direct admission.

ILI Respiratory Clinic Workflow for COVID Results
Updated on 05/04/2020 at 4:20 pm

1.Positive results- Symptomatic Patients

  • ILI Respiratory Clinic provider reviews result in EPIC Results Inbasket and contacts patient via telephone (ILI provider during business hours OR on-call physician (Fam Med or Int Med/Peds) after hours) until 10 PM. Discuss the following and document in EPIC:
    • Self-isolation (see .COVIDPTINSTSUSPECTEDORCONFIRMED).
      • Fever free x 72 hours without the use of fever reducing meds PLUS symptoms improving x 72 hours PLUS at least 10 days since onset of symptoms.
    • Quarantine x 14 days for non-essential household contacts (see .COVIDPTINSTEXPOSUREWITHOUTSYMPTOMS).
    • Home treatment team (HTT) RN will contact patient next day to discuss home monitoring program.

2.Positive results – Pre-operative/procedure testing for Asymptomatic Patients

  • Review self-isolation, quarantine, and home treatment team information.
  • Inform patient surgical/procedure team will contact them with next steps regarding upcoming procedure.

3.Negative results- Symptomatic Patients

  • ILI Respiratory Clinic provider reviews results in EPIC Results Inbasket and forwards result via “Result Note” to P ILI RESPIRATORY ILLNESS NURSE.  Document and specific instructions into Result Note section.
  • ILI Respiratory Clinic RNs work EPIC Result Note Inbasket and contacts patient via telephone to triage symptoms, provide education regarding self-isolation, and document via telephone note EPIC:
    • Non-essential staff must be Fever free x 72 hours without the use of fever reducing meds PLUS symptoms improving x 72 hours PLUS at least 7 days since onset of symptoms (see .COVIDPTINSTSUSPECTEDORCONFIRMED).
      • If patient needs a medical excuse letter, can provide with UIHC:INFLUENZA LIKE ILLNESS MEDICAL EXCUSE (LETTER) —> COVID SUSPECTED, CONFIRMED OR RESPIRATORY ILLNESS
    • Essential staff may return to work after symptoms have improved AND fever free without the use of fever reducing meds x 24 hours
      • If patient needs a medical excuse letter, can provide with UIHC:INFLUENZA LIKE ILLNESS MEDICAL EXCUSE (LETTER) —> COVID NEGATIVE – ESSENTIAL STAFF
  • Order Follow-Up Appointment if needed
    • If symptoms still present, schedule patient follow up video visit in 1,2, or 3 days depending on severity of symptoms.
      • Use FOL159 (FOLLOW UP- ILI Telemedicine).  Return Reason: COVID negative, follow up for symptom resolution.
      • Instruct patient that if they wish to cancel their appointment to contact scheduling at 1-319-384-9010.
    • If symptoms have resolved or are significantly improved, no additional follow up needed

4.Negative results – Pre-operative/procedure testing for Asymptomatic Patients

  • Review to MyChart and done result.  Will not communicate result to patient via telephone.
ILI Respiratory Telemedicine Scheduling Workflows
Updated on 04/17/2020 at 9:40 am

Adult workflow

Pediatric workflow

 

ILI Respiratory Clinic/Telemedicine Important Contacts
Updated on 05/18/2020 at 7:30 am
Home Monitoring or ILI Respiratory Clinic Direct Admission Guidelines
Updated on 05/18/2020 at 7:38 am

1. Definition of services

  • Ambulatory and home monitoring of COVID positive patients, managed by:
    • HTT – Home Treatment Team consisting primarily of hospitalists
    • ILI Respiratory Telemedicine – home treatment team staffed by internists, pediatricians, and family medicine clinicians
    • ILI Respiratory Clinic Team – in person evaluation team staffed by internists, pediatricians, and family medicine clinicians.

2. Determination of appropriateness for direct admission

  • See document Criteria for Escalation of Care from Home Monitoring of COVID Positive or Suspected Patients

3. Protocol for direct admission to hospitalist COVID team via a telemedicine encounter

  • ILI Telemedicine or HTT provider will page the general medicine triage officer (patient >18 yo) or appropriate pediatric service to admit the patient to discuss the patient and the indications for admission
    • If both providers agree a direct admission is appropriate:
      • Referring provider places an admission bed request.
        • This can be done by going to Meds & Orders and entering “admission bed request”
          • Select the inpatient bed request
          • Referring clinic: ILI
          • Contact information: Enter your name and pager
          • Isolation: droplet, contact and eye protection
          • Admitting service: internal medicine (patient >18 yo) or appropriate pediatric service to admit the patient (patient <= 18 yo)
          • Attending service contacted: Select “yes” and then enter the General Medicine officer’s name or Pediatric COVID Hospitalist. This allows ATC to skip the triage process.
          • Complete the rest of the questions
      • This will trigger the admission transfer center (ATC) to find a bed for the patient.
      • ATC will contact the requesting provider for more information and to inform them when a bed is available.
    • If the medicine triage officer or contacted pediatric service provider recommends ED evaluation:
      • ILI Telemedicine or HTT provider will then call the ED, identify themselves and ask to speak to one of the ED staff about the patient.
      • The charge nurse will often answer first and take information about the patient to pass along to the ED staff
      • Discuss the patient with the ED staff, indicating why the hospitalist is concerned about admitting to the floor.
  • Protocol for patients arriving by private vehicle to the ED for either admission or evaluation:
    • Patient (and parent/legal guardian(s) if applicable) should be instructed to present to the main ED entrance.
    • Adult patients are not allowed visitors.
    • Instruct patient to arrive wearing a mask if patient is >2 yo. If they don’t have a mask, they should IMMEDIATELY notify screener or security that a mask is needed by calling the ED once they arrive at the main ED entrance.
    • If patient presenting for direct admission:
      • Screener will notify the ED Charge nurse that a patient has arrived for direct admission
      • ED Charge nurse will notify via Voalte the Med/Surg HOM for adult patients or the CWS HOM for pediatric patients
      • HOM will arrange for an escort to meet the patient at the ED an accompany them to the appropriate ward. This escort is responsible to be sure masks are kept on and in place.

4. Protocol for direct admission to adult hospitalist COVID team or appropriate pediatric service via in-person visit in the ILI Respiratory Clinic

  • ILI Respiratory Clinic provider will page the general medicine triage officer (patient >18 yo) appropriate pediatric service to admit the patient to discuss the patient and the indications for admission. See document ILI Respiratory Clinic – Treatment Visit.
  • If both providers agree a direct admission is appropriate:
    • Referring provider places an admission bed request.
      • This can be done by going to Meds & Orders and entering “admission bed request”
        • Select the inpatient bed request
        • Referring clinic: ILI
        • Contact information: Enter your name and pager
        • Isolation: droplet, contact and eye protection
        • Admitting service: internal medicine (patient >18 yo) or appropriate pediatric service to admit the patient (<= 18 yo)
        • Attending service contacted: Select “yes” and then enter the medicine triage officer’s name or Pediatric COVID Hospitalist. This allows ATC to skip the triage process.
        • Complete the rest of the questions
      • This will trigger the admission transfer center (ATC) to find a bed for the patient.
      • ATC will contact the requesting provider for more information and to inform them when a bed is available.
      • Patient escorted to receiving floor by ILI Respiratory Clinic staff. This escort is responsible to be sure masks are kept on and in place.
  • If the medicine triage officer or contacted pediatric service provider recommends ED evaluation
    • ILI Respiratory Clinic or HTT provider will then call the ED, identify themselves and ask to speak to one of the ED staff about the patient.
    • The charge nurse will often answer first and take information about the patient to pass along to the ED staff
    • Discuss the patient with the ED staff, indicating why the hospitalist is concerned about admitting to the floor.
    • Patient escorted to ED by ILI Respiratory Clinic staff. This escort is responsible to be sure masks are kept on and in place.

Home monitoring of COVID-19 positive patients

Ambulatory Monitoring of COVID Positive Adult Patients
Updated on 04/23/2020 at 7:50 am

1. A COVID positive patient can be monitored outpatient by two services

  • HTT – Home Treatment Team consisting primarily of hospitalists
  • ILI Respiratory Telemedicine – home treatment team staffed by internists and family medicine clinicians

2. Determination of team that is actively managing the patient

  • Patients diagnosed and/or discharged by the ED
    • HTT regardless of COVID risk score
  • Patients diagnosed and/or discharged from inpatient
    • HTT regardless of COVID risk score
  • Patients diagnosed at ILI clinic
    • COVID risk score 0-1
      • ILI Respiratory Telemedicine
    • COVID risk score 2+
      • HTT
    • ANY of the following red flag symptoms: conversational dyspnea, SaO2<92, RR >24, HR >110, more than 3 loose stools in preceding 24hr, inability to tolerate PO, lightheadedness or pre-syncope
      • HTT regardless of COVID screening tool

3. Workflow for patient diagnosed in ED

  • ED pharmacist/provider calls the patient to inform them that their COVID test returned positive.
  • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on daily report.
  • HTT RN calls patient and does initial triage, coordinates with pharmacy to deliver kit, places FOL161 to facilitate next day HTT follow up visit.
  • HTT manages the patient

4. Workflow for patient discharged from inpatient

  • Discharging unit RN notifies pharmacy of impending discharge of a COVID positive patient.
  • Pharmacy delivers home monitoring kit to unit.
  • Discharging unit RN ensures patient has the kit and explains the home monitoring program.
  • Discharging MD places FOL161 to facilitate next day HTT follow up visit.
  • HTT manages the patient.

5. Workflow for patient tested positive from ILI Clinic

  • ILI Clinic provider contacts the patient to inform them of positive result. If:
    • COVID score 2+
      • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on daily report.
      • HTT RN calls patient and does initial triage, coordinates with pharmacy. to deliver kit, places FOL161 to facilitate next day HTT follow up visit.
      • HTT follows the patient
    • COVID score 0-1
      • Patient does not have the following red flag symptoms: conversational dyspnea, SaO2<92, RR >24, HR >110, more than 3 loose stools in preceding 24hr, inability to tolerate PO, lightheadedness or pre-syncope.
        • ILI Clinic provider documents recommendation for ILI Respiratory Telemedicine follow-up.
        • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on daily report.
        • HTT RN calls patient and does initial triage and confirms there are no red flag symptoms, coordinates with pharmacy to deliver kit, places FOL159 order to facilitate next day ILI Respiratory Telemedicine.
        • ILI manages the patient.
      • Patient has one or more of the following red flag symptoms: conversational dyspnea, SaO2<92, RR >24, HR >110, more than 3 loose stools in preceding 24hr, inability to tolerate PO, lightheadedness or pre-syncope.
        • ILI Clinic provider documents recommendation for HTT follow-up.
        • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on daily report and reviews telephone documentation from ILI Clinic provider.
        • HTT RN calls patient and does initial triage, coordinates with pharmacy to deliver kit, places FOL161 to facilitate next day HTT follow up visit.
        • HTT manages the patient.
      • ILI Clinic provider concerned about patient, feels HTT follow-up warranted
        • Documents as such, recommends HTT follow-up.
        • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on daily report and reviews telephone documentation from ILI Clinic provider.
        • HTT RN calls patient and does initial triage, coordinates with pharmacy to deliver kit, places FOL161 to facilitate next day HTT follow up visit.
        • HTT manages the patient.

6. Workflow for patient managed by ILI Respiratory Telemedicine team

  • If patient displays any of the ANY of the following: conversational dyspnea, SaO2<95, RR >24, HR >110, more than 3 loose stools in preceding 24hr, inability to tolerate PO, lightheadedness or pre-syncope
    • If symptoms are not emergent, provider places FOL 160à Treatment (COVID-19 positive, IV Fluids needed) order to facilitate in person evaluation and treatment in the ILI Clinic.
    • If patient remains ambulatory, ILI Clinic provider places FOL161 to facilitate transfer home management to HTT with next day follow up visit.
Ambulatory Monitoring of COVID Positive Pediatric Patients
Updated on 05/20/2020 at 5:06 pm

1. A COVID positive pediatric patient can be monitored outpatient by two services

  • ILI Respiratory Telemedicine – home treatment team staffed by internists and family medicine clinicians

2. Pediatric patients will not receive a vital sign kit by default. Provider/HTT RN will determine if this is necessary on a case by case basis.

3. Workflow for pediatric patient diagnosed in ED (but not admitted)

  • ED pharmacist/provider calls the patient to inform them that their COVID test returned positive.
  • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on daily report.
  • HTT RN calls patient and does initial triage and places FOL159 to facilitate next day facilitate next day ILI Respiratory Telemedicine follow up visit.

4. Workflow for patient discharged from inpatient

  • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on following day’s daily report, and now under “outpatient” status
  • HTT RN calls patient the FIRST day after discharge
    • If concerning clinical symptoms, contacts the discharging pediatric provider and arranges same day telephone call from the provider.
    • HTT RN will not schedule any provider visits.

5. Workflow for pediatrics patient tested positive from ILI clinic

  • ILI clinician contacts the patient to inform them of positive result.
  • HTT RN identifies patient as positive on daily report.
  • HTT RN calls patient the day after positive test result and does initial triage.
    • If no concerning clinical symptoms, places FOL159 order to facilitate next day ILI Respiratory Telemedicine follow up visit.
    • If concerning clinical symptoms, places FOL159 order to facilitate same day ILI Respiratory Telemedicine follow up visit.
COVID Risk Score Criteria and Stratification
Updated on 04/17/2020 at 4:30 pm

Medical history

  • Immunosuppression (2 points)
    • Currently receiving chemotherapy, history of bone marrow or solid-organ transplant, HIV
  • Active cancer/malignancy (1 point)
  • Age (2 points possible)
    • 55-69 (1 point)
    • >70 (2 points)
  • Congestive heart failure (1 point)
  • Coronary artery disease (1 point)
  • Hypertension (1 point)
  • Nursing home resident (1 point)
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) (2 points possible)
    • CKD stage III-IV (1 point)
    • End stage renal disease on dialysis (2 points)
  • Cirrhosis (2 points)
  • Pregnancy (2 point)
  • Chronic pulmonary disease (2 points possible)
    • Mild intermittent asthma (1 point)
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, other chronic pulmonary diseases (2 points)
  • Diabetes (1 point)
  • Active tobacco use disorder (1 point)
  • Current alcohol use disorder (1 point)
  • Obesity with a BMI (body mass index) >35 (1 point)

Score 0-1: ILI Respiratory Telemedicine Team

Score 2+: Home Treatment Team (HTT) – staffed primarily by hospitalists

Symptoms

Any of the following should be managed by HTT: conversational dyspnea, O2 <95%, RR >24, HR >110, more than 3 loose stools in preceding 24hr, inability to tolerate food or liquids, lightheadedness and/or pre-syncope

Diagnosis location

Any patient diagnosed if the emergency department or discharged from inpatient will be managed by HTT

Provider comfort

If ILI Respiratory Telemedicine or Clinic provider feels the patient is high risk, HTT should manage the patient

Criteria for Escalation of Care from Home Monitoring of COVID Positive or Suspected Patients
Updated on 04/17/2020 at 4:40 pm

Disposition options available:

1. Call EMS (911).

  • Use clinical judgement, but generally should be called with:
    • Unable to speak in full sentences.
    • Having concerning chest pain (particularly if non-pleuritic, exertional & relieved with rest, pressure-like).
    • Symptomatic hypotension: systolic BP <90 or a drop of 30 mmHg or more from baseline.
    • Syncope.
    • Cyanosis per family members.
    • Encephalopathy per family members.
    • Hypoxia: SaO2 <88%.

2. Same day appointment with ILI Respiratory Clinic for in-person evaluation. Patient can receive IV fluids, electrolytes, labs, imaging. Does not need direct admission or ED visit.

  • Use clinical judgement, but generally consider with:
    • SaO2 >92, but decreasing over the last few days (ex 98% —> 95% —> 93%).
    • Asymptomatic hypotension, pre-syncope, lightheadedness.
    • Inability to tolerate PO.
    • Profuse loose stools.
  • Place: FOL160 FOLLOWUP RESPIRATORY ILLNESS CLINIC à
    • PAC schedules patient to be seen same day for a 120min appointment .

3. Direct admission to the floor. If concern a patient requires ICU care, call EMS.

  • Use clinical judgement, but consider with:
    • Similar to criteria in 2a, but in clinical judgement warrants admission. The patient must be stable enough to facilitate admission over a few hours time frame.
    • Worsening dyspnea on exertion, but still able to speak full sentences.
    • Mildly increased O2 requirements (if on baseline O2), but again able to speak full sentences.
    • SaO2 88-92% and able to speak full sentences without respiratory discomfort.
    • Hypotension, but not having syncope.
ICC Triage Algorithm for Home Monitoring
Updated on 04/22/2020 at 8:00 am

Home Monitoring Kit Troubleshooting Guide
Updated on 04/30/2020 at 4:00 pm
Criteria for Initiating a Welfare Check on a COVID Positive Patient
Updated on 05/01/2020 at 4:00 pm

1. Purpose

  • Help our home-monitoring providers identify patients who qualify for a welfare check
  • Standardize the protocol for initiating a welfare check on COVI- patients

2. What is a welfare check?

  • A process in which a provider contacts local authorities asking them to physically check on patient because of a serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety secondary to:
    • The patient being COVID-positive and as such, at risk for rapid respiratory decline and/or incapacitation
    • Attempts to contact the patient have been unsuccessful
    • An emergency contact is unable to verify the patient’s well-being

3. Who calls local authorities for a welfare check?

  • An ILI or HTT provider

4. Patient population

  • Patients unable to be reached for the initial enrollment phone call for home monitoring or for a scheduled home monitoring telemedicine appointment.
    • Patients diagnosed with COVID via testing in ILI clinic. Recommended by ILI provider for HTT management per established criteria, but HTT RN unable to contact patient for initial enrollment phone call. Provider also unable to reach patient the day after HTT nurse attempts intake.
      • Appropriate for welfare check if presence of serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety.
    • Patients being actively home monitored by HTT or ILI Respiratory Telemedicine. These patients will have previously had a documented nurse encounter and/or a prior HTT or ILI Respiratory Telemedicine visit.
      • Appropriate for welfare check if presence of serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety.
    • Patients seen and diagnosed with COVID via testing in the ED or discharged from an inpatient unit and known to be COVID positive, but HTT RN unable to contact patient for initial enrollment phone call. Provider also unable to reach patient the day after HTT nurse attempts intake.
      • Appropriate for welfare check if presence of serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety.
    • Patients with positive COVID testing as ordered through employee health. Patient never previously seen for a home monitoring telemedicine visit. HTT RN unable to contact patient for initial enrollment phone call. Provider also unable to reach patient the day after HTT nurse attempts intake.
      • Appropriate for welfare check if presence of serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety.

5. Protocol for initiating welfare checks

  • Patients diagnosed as COVID positive in ILI Respiratory Clinic, in the ED, or when discharged from an inpatient unit and known to be COVID positive:
    • Day 1- HTT RN attempts initial enrollment phone call for home monitoring:
      • Attempt 1
        • Voicemail left. RN explicitly states they will call back at specified time and provides a callback number for the patient to reach the HTT nurse. The HTT RN will leave their callback number for the day.
        • If the patient’s voicemail is full or not set up, HTT RN will move on to ‘attempt 2’.
      • Attempt 2
        • Voicemail left. RN explicitly states they will now call the emergency contact. Leaves callback number for patient to reach HTT nurse.
        • If the patient’s voicemail is full or not set up, HTT RN will attempt to reach emergency contact (see next step)
        • Attempt is made to reach emergency contact. Voicemail should be left stating we are trying to contact the patient. Leaves a callback number for the patient to reach the HTT nurse.
      • Attempt 3
        • Voicemail left on patient’s phone. RN explicitly states they will initiate a welfare check if unable to reach the patient the following day. Leaves a callback number for the patient to reach the HTT nurse.
        • A second attempt is made to reach emergency contact. Voicemail should be left stating we are trying to contact the patient. Leaves a callback number for the patient or emergency contact to reach the HTT nurse.
        • If the patient’s or emergency contact’s voicemail is full or not set up, there will be no message left for the patient or emergency contact.
        • HTT RN will document their 3 attempts to contact patient and 2 attempts to contact emergency contact, including the inability to reach both in EPIC.
        • RN places FOL161 (if HTT) or FOL159 (If ILI) order for next day follow up. This is the process in which the provider can initiate a welfare check.
    • Day 2- HTT Provider or ILI Telemedicine Provider
      • Attempt 1
        • Provider attempts to contact patient. If unable, considers whether welfare check is appropriate given patient’s risk factors for COVID complications, baseline level of health as evidenced in record review, acuity of illness based on documentation available in the medical record.
  • Patient actively home monitored by HTT or ILI Respiratory Telemedicine:
    • Note that if at any time, the provider has clinical concern there is a serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety, a welfare check can be initiated irrespective of how many days or attempts have passed.
      • Clinical concern is based on patient risk factors for COVID complications, baseline level of health as evidenced in record review, acuity of illness based on previous home monitoring visit documentation.
    • Suggested timeline to initiate welfare check
      • Day 1
        • Attempt 1
          • Voicemail left. Provider explicitly states they will call back at specified time and provides ICC number on the voicemail (319-384-8819).
        • Attempt 2
          • Voicemail left. Provider explicitly states they will now call the emergency contact. Leaves ICC number.
          • Attempt is made to reach emergency contact. Voicemail should be left stating we are trying to contact the patient. Leaves ICC number.
        • Attempt 3
          • Voicemail left. Provider explicitly states they will initiate a welfare check if unable to reach the patient the following day.
          • Provider documents their attempt and inability to contact the patient in EPIC.
          • Provider places FOL161 (if HTT) or FOL159 (If ILI) order for next day follow up.
      • Day 2
        • Attempt 1
          • Provider attempts to contact patient. If unable, considers whether welfare check is appropriate given patient’s risk factors for COVID complications, baseline level of health as evidenced in record review, acuity of illness based on previous home monitoring visit documentation.

6. Initiating welfare check

  • Under “demographics” tab of EPIC, identify the patient’s address. Contact the non-emergent police line for that municipality.
  • Identify yourself and your role to the dispatcher. Ask for a welfare check secondary to concern for a serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety. Explain that the patient is COVID positive so necessary precautions can be taken per their protocol.
  • Provide your contact information for a follow up (desk phone at your workstation or your personal cell phone preferred).
  • Document this information in the chart using EPIC Smart Phrase .COVIDWELFARE

7. Preventing welfare checks

  • Provider or clinical staff contacting ambulatory patient with COVID-positive results will notify patient that an RN from the HTT team will be contacting them the next day and discussing that a repeated inability to contact them via phone may ultimately result in a welfare check with local authorities.
    • Suggested documentation
      • “Explained to patient that if we are unable to contact them after multiple attempts to both them and their emergency contact, we may initiate a welfare check with the local authorities. Instructed the patient to keep their phone on them at all times.”
    • HTT RN obtaining consent for enrollment in the home monitoring program will communicate this policy to the patient and document as such during initial triage call.
      • Suggested documentation
        • “Explained to patient that if we are unable to contact them after multiple attempts to both them and their emergency contact, we may initiate a welfare check with the local authorities. Instructed the patient to keep their phone on them at all times.”
      • HTT or ILI Telemedicine provider will explain this policy to the patients and document as such.

8. Standardized EPIC documentation:

  • .COVIDWELFARE
    • [Smart list number] unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the patient over [smart list number] day(s).  An attempt [was/was not] made to contact the patient’s emergency contact and the emergency contact was not successful in connecting with the patient.  A welfare check from [xxx] was initiated because of the serious and imminent threat to the patient’s safety secondary to them being COVID-positive and at risk for rapid respiratory decline and/or incapacitation in the context of an inability to contact the patient or their emergency contact to verify their well-being.

Download: Patient education materials

What to do if you're exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19
Updated on 05/05/2020 at 10:56 am
What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19
Updated on 05/15/2020 at 3:32 pm
Family symptoms kit
Updated on 04/16/2020 at 4:00 pm

 

Measuring your symptoms patient kit
Updated on 04/16/2020 at 4:00 pm

Disinfect Breastmilk Containers for Moms with COVID-19
Updated on 04/23/2020 at 9:10 am

Safely Disinfect Breastmilk Containers at Home and Bring to the Hospital
Updated on 04/23/2020 at 9:12 am

COVID-19 - Neonatal Information Sheet
Updated on 05/05/2020 at 3:47 pm

Newborn Going Home with COVID-19 or with a Mom who has COVID-19

  • Babies infected or whose status is not known due to lack of testing, but with no symptoms of COVID-19, may be go home on a case-by-case basis. Your babies care team will teach you precautions to take. Follow-up contacts (either by phone, telemedicine, or in-office) will be scheduled through 14 days after birth.

Be sure to teach all people who will care for your baby about wearing a mask and gloves, and washing their hands.

People over the age of 60 and those with health conditions should not care for your baby if possible.

  • Babies with a negative COVID-19 test or who have never been exposed can go home when ready. A healthy (non-infected) person should care for baby.

If an exposed or positive mom is in the same house, she should try to stay at least 6 feet away from baby. When mom must be near baby, she needs to wash her hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If possible, she should also put on a face mask before caring for baby.

She should do this until:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first started and
  • She does not have a temperature of greater than or equal to 38.0° C (100.4° F) for at least 72 hours without the use of medicine that lowers fevers
  • Other people who are being tested or have symptoms, should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and should also wear a mask if they can whenever they are within 6 feet of the baby.

Breastfeeding

Studies have not found the virus in breastmilk.

We strongly suggest mom pump breastmilk. First, they should wash their hands and breast. Then a healthy person can feed baby the milk.

Moms who want to breastfeed should wash their hands and breasts well and wear a mask. An infected mom could give baby the virus by contact when they are close during nursing but not through the breast milk.

When you get home:

  • Do not take your baby outside, except for health care
  • Do not take your baby to businesses, places of worship, or other public places
  • Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis

 People: Keep baby in one room and away from other people in your home.  Do not have visitors.

 Animals: Keep your baby away from pets while they are sick. Have someone else in your home care for your animals.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Clean your hands right away.

If you do not have a tissue, hold your arm in front of your face. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Coughing into your elbow instead of your hand is safer. When you cough into your hand, the virus gets on your hand and is easier to spread.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you do not have soap and water, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Cover all parts of your or older sibling’s hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water are best if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Do not to touch eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Do not share items in the home

Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed well with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces each day

High-touch surfaces are counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe. Follow the label instructions for safe use.

Watch for symptoms

Get health care right away if your baby:

  • Has trouble breathing
  • Will not drink or breast feed
  • Does not have wet diapers often
  • Does not wake up
  • Has a fever

Call your baby’s doctor’s office and tell them your baby has been exposed to COVID-19 but can still be ill from other reasons. Keep a light sheet over your baby before going into the building and you should wear a mask. This will help the doctor’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting sick.

Discharge information for new parent recovering from COVID-19
Updated on 05/06/2020 at 12:47 pm

COVID-19 and Keeping Your Baby Safe After Delivery
Updated on 05/06/2020 at 9:42 am

Cloth Face Covering Instructions
Updated on 04/27/2020 at 4:00 pm

Home exercise program for patients with COVID-19
Updated on 05/15/2020 at 3:17 pm