COVID-19 Safety Precautions
The health and safety of our clients, employees and community is our first priority at the IAFF Center of Excellence. The current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is being monitored closely and best practices to care for each of our clients are being taken very seriously. Our policies for admissions are evolving daily, with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you have a question regarding anything below, please call 855-900-8437
to speak to an admissions coordinator.
Admission 1.) The use of mass transportation (plane, train, bus) is not permitted at this time. All weapons (guns, knives, etc.) drugs or drug paraphernalia are not allowed on campus at any time. 2) At this time, we are constantly evaluating COVID-19 hot spots across the U.S. and the unique circumstances surrounding these geographical areas, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some clients may be referred to local programs due to concern over high levels of exposure. 3) All new admissions, if medically cleared, will be housed in Station House 1 for the first 48 hours. All clinical programming, medical interventions, meals and recreational activities will take place in House 1. This observation period will allow time to assess potential exposure risk to COVID-19. 4) All new admissions will arrive with an immediate discharge plan in the event they become ill (i.e. drive home, drive to a friend’s home, drive to a family member’s home). This plan will require self-transportation to a safe location within 24 hours of the IAFF Center of Excellence, which will be determined and documented prior to admission. 5) All staff and patients will wear masks while on campus at all times. When not wearing a mask, patients and staff are to place the mask in a paper lunch bag or plastic bag that is labeled with the patient’s/staff’s name.
6) We have thoughtfully rearranged the kitchen and instituted meal “shifts” to ensure social distancing is being adhered to by patients. 7) We will continue to screen all persons entering the facility. We will now turn away anyone that has a temperature of 100.0 or higher. 8) We will be installing plexiglass barriers at each nursing station so nurses and patients can continue to maintain privacy and stay safe doing so. 9) We will continue to look at group sizes and make adjustments as needed. Please utilize our outdoor space when the weather is appropriate.
- New admissions will be required to stay in their room until they are without symptoms for 48 hours and they are medically cleared. When the patient is cleared, they may remove their mask and be in the general population. When not wearing a mask, the patient must place the mask in a paper lunch bag or plastic bag that is labeled with the patient’s name.
- All meals, snacks, meds, vital signs, etc. will take place at the bedside.
- Patients will be placed in a designated room at admission and will be there for the 48-hour isolation. This may be longer as necessary, until cleared by a medical provider.
- All staff must wear masks, gloves and goggles when entering patients’ rooms for patient care.
- Patients will not be in the general milieu.
- Patients who need to smoke will be taken outside on an individual basis or offered smoking cessation products.
Ongoing Surveillance 1) Nursing staff will check with all patients daily.
2) Nursing will contact the medical provider for next steps based on symptoms and temperature.
- Nursing staff will assess all patients daily for presence of cough, fever, SOB, sudden loss of taste and smell, GI distress and diarrhea.
- All patients will have daily temperature checks.
- This surveillance includes PHP/ IOP patients.
3) Plan will be to test the patient for COVID before they leave the facility, as tests are available. The medical team will contact the local health department for alternative testing locations and additional guidelines. 4) Patients will be notified of their COVID-19 results if the tests were obtained in our facility. Patients may be able to return to our facility following the CDC guidelines.
- Nursing will isolate the patient(s) until determination is made by the medical provider for next steps.
- Nursing will have their patient put on an N-95 or KN95 mask per isolation guidelines. Any staff in contact with the patient is to wear PPE equipment (mask, goggles, gloves as available).
- Staff interaction with a symptomatic patient will be kept to a minimum. These staff will be clearly identified each shift.
- If medical staff determine the patient should be discharged, this should be completed as soon as possible but no longer than the next 24-48 hours.
How to Keep Yourself Safe: Clean Your Hands Often 1) Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing or adjusting your mask. 2) If soap and water are not readily available use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and mask with unwashed hands. Please see our COVID-19 resources for more information to help your IAFF local, department and family.