At Central Ohio Specialty Care our primary concern regarding COVID-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus) is to protect our patients, caregivers, families, employees and other healthcare professionals that we serve.
Protection from the spread of this virus includes education on its transmission as well as effective infection control practices. We want to reassure you that we are monitoring the situation closely by working with state and federal agencies, the CDC and WHO (World Health Organization).
What we know for certain regarding COVID-19:
Transmission of this occurs mainly through close contact, within six feet, often by respiratory droplets from an infected person ( cough or sneezes).
It is also possible for an individual to become infected by touching the surface of an object that has the virus on it and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
The virus causes respiratory illness with symptoms of coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.
Reducing the transmission of the virus with proper infection control practices is our best defense against it.
What we are doing to limit or minimize any potential infections related to COVID-19:
All staff has been re-educated on the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing, surface disinfection, and effective hand washing techniques.
We have updated our policies and procedures related to PPE and all medical equipment to the most current information available to decrease the potential for disease transmission.
We have reviewed our communication methods within our company to ensure that any and all important and up to date information is distributed, received and acted upon in a timely manner.
We have developed a risk assessment and screening process for our patients.
We have a screening process that takes place daily for our employees to decrease the risk of any transmission of the disease.
We are reviewing and implementing our Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, based on current recommendations from the CDC and the WHO. This is a dynamic tool that we will continue to revise and adapt as the situation evolves.
We have engaged multiple suppliers to ensure we have access to all available and essential medical equipment and supplies for our patients.
We continue to acquire supplies for infection control practices and continue to monitor and purchase more to effectively replenish our stocks.
We remain in constant contact with our Children’s Hospitals, local healthcare professionals, state and federal agencies, the CDC, WHO and industry listserv’s for Children with Medical Complexity to maintain our current knowledge and best practices for prevention and management of COVID-19.
We recognize that this is a difficult time for our patients and their families in and of itself and that adding a pandemic on top of the normal stressors can bring about even more fear and worry. Our promise is that we will continue to monitor the situation closely, adjust our plans as needed, and we will continue to provide the best care to our patients with their safety at the forefront of our minds.