As of 4 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 23, the 4700 has been changed to a hyper-negative unit for ruled out COVID-19 patients. Entry into the unit requires a surgical face mask and should be limited.*
Guidance for Employee Exposure Concerns
In this short video, Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of health care epidemiology and infection prevention, answers frequently asked questions about the proper steps all Johns Hopkins Medicine staff and faculty members, trainees and students should take if they have a fever or respiratory symptoms, or if they are worried they have been exposed to someone with the new coronavirus.
All elective procedures have been cancelled until Apr. 15. The surgical scheduling office will be notifying your practice and working with each of your offices to repost your cases. Download these talking points for more information.
Closure of Non-Essential Maryland Businesses and Restricted Public Transportation Use
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in Maryland by 5 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 23. While he did not issue a shelter-in-place order, he did recommend that Maryland residents who are not deemed essential workers stay home except when going to grocery stores or pharmacies.
Additionally, on Thursday, Mar. 19, Governor Hogan announced that mass transit may only be used by certain personnel, including health care workers and emergency medical services. He said, “No one should get on a MARC train, metro, Amtrak train or bus or any of our transportation assets unless you are emergency personnel, a frontline health care provider or your job is essential to the supply chain.”
Please remember to carry your Suburban Hospital badge with you at all times—including when using public transportation, traveling in your personal car and while on the hospital campus—to show to authorities if requested.
Respiratory Symptom Precaution Clarification
All patients who are NOT Persons Under Investigation (PUI) or COVID-19 Positive WITH Respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, rhinorrhea and shortness of breath) should be placed on Respiratory Symptom Precautions.
All providers entering patient room must wear a SURGICAL MASK and FACESHIELD plus GLOVES
Remember to write your name on the mask and faceshield and save in a brown paper bag
They are reusable as long as not soiled and the faceshield covers the mask.
We are reminding everyone to ensure your safety while maintaining adequate supply of PPE for sustained exposure to COVID-19.
Thank you for your understanding and support for the safety of our patients and staff.
Guidance on Conserving PPE
As COVID-19 continues to spread in the community, the need to implement a plan to safely conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) is a topic of vital interest to us all. Maintaining PPE supply for frontline staff to care for patients is a critical priority. Download this memo for the temporarily approaches JHM is adopting based on guidelines from the CDC.
Employees who are exposed to COVID-19 through a member within their household will still need to self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, for 14 days. They should contact Occupational Health and remain quarantined at home and be monitored for symptoms. Please refer to this memo to learn more.
Social distancing can help slow the spread of COVID-19. This means avoiding crowded places and maintaining distance from others
Please do your part to support social distancing at Suburban.
All meetings, regardless of size, should be reevaluated immediately to determine if they can either be canceled, postponed or held virtually using Zoom or a conference call rather than in-person.
If you are working remotely, there are a few ways you can access Johns Hopkins resources from offsite locations. Read this memo to learn more.
Free Resources Available in mySupport
myStrength has added resources related to managing heightened stress during COVID-19. To access these resources, visit resourcesforliving.com. On the right-hand side, enter “JHHS” for both the Username and the Password. Contact Jenna Sanborn at email@example.com or x3878 with questions about mySupport.
Additional support services and resources are available to all JHM faculty and staff members, trainees and students to help address and alleviate the concerns, anxiety and stress that many of us are experiencing. Read through the list to determine which resources are the best fit for you.
Donning/Doffing of PPE Videos
If you have questions about the proper way to don and doff PPE, please view these videos for assistance.
National Doctor’s Day is this Monday, Mar. 30! It is a holiday designed to honor physicians for the work they do for patients, communities and society as a whole. In this time of upheaval, it is especially important that we take the time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication our physicians, as well as other frontline medical staff.
Please watch upcoming issues ProgressNotes for an announcement about a delayed Doctor’s Day celebration we are planning to host next month.
Nominations for JHM Achievers Award
The JHM Office of Diversity & InclusionAchievers Award Program recognizes and highlights underrepresented minorities across Johns Hopkins Medicine who exemplify excellence and exhibit our Johns Hopkins core values. Recipients of these awards will be recognized during Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month in May.
The 8th Annual JHM Medical Staff Leadership Retreat scheduled for Friday, May 1 has been placed on hold. Updates on the future status of this event will be provided in upcoming issues of ProgressNotes.
Zoom Video Conferencing Training and Guides
Due to the recent transition to Zoom to host a number of grand rounds, we would like to help better familiarize providers with the product and its features. The vendor hosted webinar is located on the Zoom help page. You can learn more by viewing the user guides and short video tutorials on the Zoom support page. For quick training sessions, you can use the following:
If you do not have a Zoom account, visit the JHU IT Service Catalog. Login instructions are sent upon account activation. If you need a Zoom Pro account to manage and schedule meetings, please click here.
For additional resources, please see Zoom’s recent blog post that highlights some of their additional training available to you.
CyraCom Interpreter App Available on the Company Portal
The CyraCom Interpreter App is now available for download on the company portal. Visit t.jh.edu/vri to begin the download process. Click here for instructions on how to download and install the app. Please reach out to the Help Desk at 301-896-4357 if you require assistance.
Download this FAQ for more information on the JHM Qualified Bilingual Staff (QBS) Program, including how you can become a certified interpreter. For more information on the use of interpretation services at Suburban, click here.
Notice on Upcoming CME Activities
In response to COVID-19, JHM has adjusted its approach to CME. All enduring (on demand) activities remain open and available to you through the CME website. For live activities scheduled between now and early May, please check our CME website for updated information on an activity. Click here to subscribe to the CME email list.
Free Headspace Resources for Health Care Providers
Headspace is offering a free, specially-curated “Weathering the storm” collection of meditation and mindfulness content in the Headspace app with content available in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Download the app and click on the Explore tab, the section is at the top of the list.
Please note that Suburban does not partner with Headspace. However, we are sharing vetted, recognized resources during this time for everyone in our Suburban community.
How to Help
We are grateful there are so many here in our community who are ready to help. For anyone who would like to make a monetary donation, please visit the Suburban Emergency Preparedness Fund webpage.