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Community continues to generously donate PPE

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Wed, Apr 15th 2020 09:15 am
Image courtesy of Kaleida Health
Image courtesy of Kaleida Health

Kaleida Health on Tuesday released the following updates regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: In a continued effort to keep our workforce safe and healthy, Kaleida Health’s purchasing and supply chain teams have been relentless in reaching out to vendors and business partners to secure additional equipment, supplies and PPE for staff, providers, patients and visitors.

Over the past few days, more of our community neighbors came through with donations to Kaleida Health, including:

Ariella Sharf (See photo attached): 3,500 surgical masks 

Fidelis Care: 1,000 surgical masks

‘MEDICALLY SPEAKING’ CORONAVIRUS EDITION – Vijay Iyer, M.D., medical director of cardiology, Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, discusses why those with heart disease and underlying cardiac conditions are at increased risk of complications with coronavirus, and why it’s very important that they follow social distancing recommendations. See interview here: www.kaleidahealth.org/medically-speaking

REMINDER ON KALEIDA HEALTH’S TELEHEALTH PLATFORM – Kaleida Health’s telehealth platform provides remote emergency room visits and consultations for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients across Western New York. The telehealth technology seamlessly integrates with the care teams’ existing workflows and allows providers to continue safely delivering high-quality care amid social-distancing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

Here’s how it works:

•Individuals with questions or possible symptoms of COVID-19 or minor clinical conditions should schedule a telehealth video visit here: https://kaleida-health.inquicker.com/facility/kaleida-emergency-telemedicine

•Upon appointment confirmation, a care team member contacts the individual by phone to complete registration and general assessment. Depending on the individual’s symptoms and care needs, an on-site visit may be required at the discretion of the care team.

•Prior to the appointment time, patient receives link by email/text message, which directs them to a secure video conference line, accessible on a smartphone, laptop or tablet.

•Emergency room provider consults with patient to assess symptoms, provide recommendations and prescribe medications.

Coronavirus Statistics

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, Kaleida Health is monitoring the following:

Buffalo General Medical Center

  • Inpatients: 43 confirmed cases currently in-house (22 in ICU, 21 in medical unit)
  • 31 in-house who are under investigation
  • 130 additional patients were tested, but are negative

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

  • Inpatients: 30 confirmed cases currently in-house (14 in ICU, 16 in medical unit)
  • 18 in-house who are under investigation
  • 54 additional patients were tested, but are negative

DeGraff Memorial Hospital

  • Inpatients: 0 confirmed cases currently in-house
  • 0 in-house who are under investigation
  • 0 additional patients were tested

Oishei Children’s Hospital

  • Inpatients: 0 confirmed cases currently in-house
  • 7 in-house who are under investigation
  • 17 additional patients were tested, but are negative

Highpointe On Michigan

  • Inpatients: 1 confirmed case currently in-house
  • 0 in-house who are under investigation
  • 7 additional patients were tested, but are negative

DeGraff Skilled Nursing Facility

  • Inpatients: 0 confirmed cases currently in-house
  • 0 in-house who are under investigation
  • 3 additional patients were tested, but are negative

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