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COVID-19 MEDICAL STAFF BULLETIN - March 30, 2020

New CasesToday's Total CasesCumulative Total
BCTotal291203 (704 recovered)
Hospitalized3149
ICU Patients468
Deaths338
VCH/PHCHospitalized
ICU Patients
On Ventilator
Discharged
Deaths
SPHHospitalized10
ICU Patients3
On Ventilator3
Discharged2
Deaths
MSJHospitalized2
Discharged

FREE PARKING FOR STAFF, MEDICAL STAFF AND THE PUBLIC ACROSS BC

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, today announced the suspension of pay parking for patients, staff, and visitors at all health authority owned and operated sites, including those of Providence Health Care, effective April 1 until further notice.

This change makes it easier for individuals to avoid touching screens and buttons at payment kiosks that may have been touched by someone previously and also supports physical distancing measures that have been mandated by our Provincial Health Officer.

FDA ISSUES UPDATED GUIDANCE ON CLINICAL TRIAL CONDUCT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

On March 18, 2020, FDA issued “FDA Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic” to provide general considerations to assist sponsors in assuring the safety of trial participants, maintaining compliance with good clinical practice (GCP), and minimizing risks to trial integrity during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

WELLNESS TOOLKIT FOR PHYSICIANS

Wellness resources for medical staff include online wellness sessions, a support line, relax rooms, and the Headspace mindfulness app. See more here.

REMINDER: NO SCRUBS OUTSIDE

Another reminder in times like these, all eyes are on us as a health system.  That includes the public observing us outside of the hospital. For your health and safety and the public’s, do not wear your scrubs outside - even for a minute. Change into your street clothes to grab a coffee, grab lunch, and when you leave for the day.  

A photo of what NOT to do.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SESSIONS AT MSJ, SPH, & HFH

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sessions will be held at all our acute care sites to better inform staff of the proper time and place for PPE. All are welcome to attend these drop in sessions and should expect to spend 10-15 minutes.

Topics covered include:

  • PPE: when to use

  • Proper donning & doffing

  • Review of hand hygiene

  • Social Distancing

  • Q&A

We will employ a 2-metre rule for all people who attend.

IN THE NEWS: DR. DAN KALLA TALKS ABOUT SPH PREPAREDNESS ON CBC RADIO

Dr. Dan Kalla spoke with Stephen Quinn on CBC’s Early Edition this morning about how St. Paul’s is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The head of the ED at St. Paul’s says, thanks to all the preparation, the volume is manageable at St. Paul’s, but he stresses, the days to come will be critical.

“It’s going relatively well at St. Paul’s.  There’s been a ton of preparation involved. We’re seeing a steady uptick in COVID cases.  We’re managing the volume but the next two weeks will be critical in determining whether we continue to do so.”

This page last updated Mar 30, 2020 5:30pm PDT