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.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, Kaleida Health is monitoring the following:
Buffalo General Medical Center
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
DeGraff Memorial Hospital
Oishei Children’s Hospital
Highpointe On Michigan
DeGraff Skilled Nursing Facility