Beaumont Physician Partners--Sept. 18 issue

Dear colleagues,

A new communication tool geared to physicians and other clinicians was launched this week — Doc Talks videos. Each Doc Talks video has an interview format and is intended to cover one specific topic that is timely and relevant. Episodes will inform, clarify, update, engage and dispel myths.

The first episode, Is Beaumont Ready for a Possible Surge?, features Beaumont Chief Nursing Officer Susan Grant sharing her insights around the health system’s preparedness in dealing with the pandemic. It runs about eight minutes, covering questions many of you have been asking. Please take the time to watch. Future issues will be distributed via email and posted to providers.beaumont.org/doctalks.

Here are some other things you should know about this week:

  • COVID-19 and Safe Care
  • Beaumont physicians in the news
  • Strive for five
  • IT at a glance
  • IT updates

COVID-19 and Safe Care

To help our youngest patients feel more comfortable, as well as ease the stress on parents and guardians, all patients 21 years and under who do not have or are not suspected of having COVID-19 are able to have two parents/legal guardians with them on site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Additionally, one parent or legal guardian may stay with the patient overnight. For patients 21 years or under who do have or are suspected of having COVID-19, one parent/legal guardian may stay with the patient 24/7. Appropriate PPE is required as directed by staff.

On Monday, Sept. 21, standardized infection prevention changes will be made in oneChart for all sites, which include an updated list of infections, isolation orders and security templates. These enhancements will lead the way for Beaumont to move to a standard solution and prepare the Infection Prevention department for the full implementation of Epic Bugsy. This update will remove the current COVID-19 Isolation from the order menu. The future COVID-19 infections will need to have an order placed for Droplet Isolation and Contact Isolation. Review the user guide for detailed information. Other new features included in the standardization will help manage COVID-19 patient care more efficiently during a pandemic surge period.

Do your patients need a little help? Beaumont’s Community Resource Networkmakes it easy to find programs and community resources to help you help your patients with their essential needs. The tool recommends referral options based on identified area of need and zip code. With more than 40,000 social services listed by zip code, you can find local services related to affordable food, housing, utilities, transportation, medications, legal aid, financial assistance, childcare and more. Physicians can visit beaumontstaff.auntbertha.com to find resources for patients or patients can access it directly at communityresource.beaumont.org. This video describes the tool for you.

Other News

In the news, Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate celebrates the vision and creativity of his mentor and is recognized for his groundbreaking work. Also, Dr. Brian Torok was featured discussing the anxiety in expectant mothers during the pandemic. We want to share your stories of innovation and outstanding outcomes as well. Please forward them to physician.communications@beaumont.org.

Strive for five days of antibiotics. Beaumont is working with the Michigan Hospital Medical Safety Consortium to improve antimicrobial use in patients. One metric being evaluated is the length of antibiotic use for patients admitted with community acquired pneumonia. Five days of antibiotic therapy for most patients with uncomplicated community acquired pneumonia is effective and causes fewer complications, including decreased risk of C. difficile infection, decreased risk of adverse drug reaction and decreased antibiotic resistance development.

Learn more about IT’s August accomplishments, such as the updated COVID-19 track board, Mobile Heartbeat, Epic/oneChart updates and Windows 10 upgrades as well as upcoming activities like the focus on the technology needed to support the fall flu clinic. If there are other topics you would like to see in the monthly presentation, contact Mike Todaro

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