COVID Deaths in Nursing Homes Can be Stopped: See What Pittsburgh UPMC Did

SITUATION:
UPMC, which has not had a single case of Covid-19 among its 30 senior communities,

SIGNIFICANCE:
Few if any reports about such effective control of COVID in nursing homes from other parts of the country have been publicized; UPMC is reaching out to other senior-living facilities to provide best practices to protect vulnerable populations in nursing home and senior centers.

SOLUTION(S):
How Pittsburgh’s UPMC has Kept Covid-19 Out of its Senior Communities

  • Enhanced screening of anyone entering their facilities, not just for temperature
  • Patients marked were put into isolation until Covid-19 could be ruled out
  • Precautions for employees take including gowns, gloves and masks.
  • Communal dining is out at the facilities.
  • One of the biggest: Ban on visitors at the senior living facilities by early March

SOURCES:
Pittsburgh Business Journal:  How UPMC has kept Covid

SAYS:
“We’ve adjusted and added to these precautions as we’ve learned more”  —Dr. David Nace, chief medical officer of UPMC Senior Communities

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