Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Letter From Chief of Staff: Coronavirus

By Marc A. Edelstein, MD, Chief of Staff

We are monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that began in Wuhan, China, and taking essential measures to ensure the health and safety of our caregivers and patients in accordance with updated information from public health agencies. In order to keep you and our patients safe, please note the following:  

  • If you have returned from mainland China within the last 14 days, contact Employee Health Services (EHS) at 310-423-3322, who will perform a screening for fever or respiratory symptoms, and provide additional details. After hours, you can contact the administrator on duty at 310-248-9690. If you have traveled from Hong Kong, Taiwan or other countries, it is not necessary to call.  
  • In caring for your patients, attached is current guidance for clinicians, as of Feb. 1, from LACDPH and CDC for ambulatory and inpatient settingsIt can be found at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html and in the PDFs below.

As a reminder:

    • Always mask anyone with signs of a respiratory illness (as it is still flu season).
    • Consider the diagnosis of 2019-nCoV infection in any returned traveler from China within the last 14 days with fever or respiratory symptoms.
    • Patients suspected of having 2019-nCoV infection should immediately wear a surgical mask and be placed in a private room with the door closed (ideally an airborne isolation room, if available). Healthcare workers should use standard, contact and airborne precautions (i.e., N95 respirator) with eye protection.
    • Currently, testing is only available through the CDC and requires approval through the local health department.
    • Immediately notify Hospital Epidemiology at 310-423-5574 of any patient suspected of having 2019-nCoV infection.

Additional information about the 2019 novel coronavirus can be found at this CDC webpage. Check this CDC link often, as information is updated frequently.  

Our top priority is protecting your health and safety, as well as the health safety of all our patients, visitors and staff. Thank you for all you do to care for our patients and for one another.

CDC Update on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (PDF)  

Identify-assess-flowchart (PDF)