Do you miss giving people high fives? Want a fun way to thank a coworker? Send them a virtual high five!
COVID-19 by the numbers
C-19 adult inpatients: 15 yesterday, 302 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 14 to date
% positive C-19 tests: 5% yesterday, 13% to date
Employees tested positive (self-reported): 1 yesterday, 243 to date
Telehealth screenings: 225 yesterday, 25,862 to date
Epic: What’s New
See the Epic Status Report for July 21, 2020, for all updates and screenshots.
- Iowa Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Interoperable with Epic
- Update and Addition to Patient Fast Pass Appointment Offers
Keeping you in The Loop
Do face masks impede your breathing or make you retain carbon dioxide (CO2)? Intensive Care Unit physician Greg Schmidt, MD, settles the argument for us in this week’s Epi Explains video.
A veteran nurse of more than 40 years, Janis Tener, RN, BSN, CDN, has a passion for helping chronically ill patients. When COVID-19 came to our community, Tener and the dialysis team leapt into action.
With the arrival of COVID-19, our Environmental Services (EVS) team entered the spotlight. Glen Rogers, assistant director of EVS, says while COVID-19 might be like nothing we’ve seen before, we’ve adapted quickly to meet the challenge, Infection Control Today reports.
COVID-19 announcements and reminders
- Do you know a colleague who leads the way with safety? Someone who always wears their face covering, who helps others follow our safety guidelines? Someone who goes the (social) distance? Send them a safety shout-out to recognize them for their commitment to safety.
- Patients can use our video visit service to get flu or COVID-19 symptoms checked out. If staff are concerned about having symptoms of COVID-19, call ahead to the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631.
Social shout out
“Honestly, our hospital’s management of the situation has been absolutely stellar. I’ve been incredibly impressed.”
–@uihealthcare Twitter mention #UIHCStrong
We Stand Together
Why does Ameya Walimbe, fourth-year medical student, mask up? “I mask up any time I am in the hospital and any time I am outside my home so that I do not infect my patients with coronavirus.”
Post a picture of yourself wearing a mask (or shield) on social media and use the hashtag #MaskUpIA to show how you keep yourself and others safe. Or, email your photo to email@example.com and share why you #MaskUpIA
Other news and updates
- New attendance phone number: Grand Rounds and other programs
- The Food Pantry at Iowa is distributing free food from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the South Entrance of the Iowa Memorial Union by appointment only. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The UI DeGowin Blood Center is in need of platelet donors. Donors should be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds, be in general good health, and have not taken aspirin products in the last 48 hours. Contact the UI DeGowin Blood Center at 356-2058 or visit uidegowinbloodcenter.org to schedule an appointment.
Research volunteers invited
Find more research studies at uihc.org/studies.
- Health care providers are invited to participate in a study expanding access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Eligible clinicians will complete a free MAT training, which leads to a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat OUD. For details and registration, email Co-MAT-IA@healthcare.uiowa.edu.
Outside UI Health Care
Researchers at the UI Carver College of Medicine are listed among 100 inspiring Black scientists for efforts and achievements in their fields, The Daily Iowan reports.
Governor Reynolds announced Friday that school districts must reopen in some capacity unless they have a public health emergency, KWWL reports.
A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles away, The Associated Press reports.
Delta Air Lines will now require medical screenings for passengers who can’t wear face masks due to health reasons—and asks that they reconsider flying altogether, CNN reports.
Biomarin Pharmaceutical, a California company that makes what could become the first gene therapy for hemophilia, says the drug’s price tag might be $3 million per patient, NPR reports.
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