How We're Preparing
Led by our Infection Control team, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is taking appropriate steps to protect the safety of our patients, colleagues, providers and the community.
We understand your concern for the ever evolving COVID-19 situation. We want to assure you that Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) has comprehensive plans in place to care of our patients, colleagues, providers and the community.
Leadership Work Groups Established
We have established leadership work groups that meet daily. These work groups are continuing to implement a wide variety of measures to reduce the spread of disease and protect our patients and colleagues.
Our executive team is currently developing a plan in collaboration with community healthcare leaders regarding COVID-19 testing.
System-Wide Protocols in Place
We’ve established protocols throughout TMH to identify, isolate and care for suspected COVID-19 patients. Led by our Infection Control team, we are diligently screening and evaluating patients who present with symptoms of respiratory illness.
To manage the flow of visitors and colleagues entering the Main Hospital and control and prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, we are implementing visitor restrictions. Read more.
Our emergency services team has processes in place to receive and screen patients who present with flu-like symptoms associated with COVID-19 in a designated area, separate from our primary waiting area. Likewise, we have designated isolation rooms for any patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 who require inpatient care.
Preparing Our Colleagues
We have in place an adequate supply of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for our colleagues. We are reinforcing the importance of following proper hand hygiene and correctly applying PPE. In addition, in an effort to protect our patients and colleagues, all non-essential TMH classes, events and gatherings are suspended until April 15. We’re encouraging all colleagues to host meetings online or hold conference calls during this time.
Personal Protection Equipment
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare continues to gather as many supply channels and resources as possible for personal protection equipment (PPE).
We are reviewing every available resource as well as taking donations of N-95 masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns and gloves. We are optimistic about getting the appropriate products to ensure we can meet the growing demands of our community.
Currently, we do not need the community to make cloth masks for our colleagues. If the supply of N-95 masks becomes an issue, we are exploring methods of reprocessing N-95 mask using ultraviolet light (UV-C) to disinfect the masks or ethylene oxide (EO) gas sterilization. The N-95 masks provide the optimal protection required to protect our colleagues.
Local businesses who are interested in donating manufactured masks or gloves can contact the TMH Foundation.
Our colleagues are educated on the proper PPE processes and provided with PPE to protect themselves in appropriate direct patient care environments. As healthcare organizations across the country adjust their PPE recommendations, we are reviewing the changes and implementing what is appropriate for our organization to keep our colleagues safe while also conserving resources.
Following National, State Guidelines
We are continuing to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and adapt daily to recommendations provided by the CDC and the World Health Organization. We are following the Florida Department of Health guidelines for screening and testing for COVID-19.
For Healthcare Professionals & TMH Colleagues
- TMH Colleagues: For the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and your work group, please continue to check-in with your manager.
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