OHRH temporarily postponing elective surgeries requiring overnight stay

January 13, 2022 | 10:21 am

Updated January 13, 2022 | 10:31 am

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Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is postponing all elective surgeries requiring an overnight stay through Jan. 21. Officials said the decision was made due to the rise in COVID-19-positive patients and the hospital’s ability to maintain its normal scheduling patterns.

“We will continue to assess our abilities to return to normal scheduling and make decisions to ensure that those needing urgent care have access,” a social media post form the hospital reads.

COVID-19 By The Numbers

In their latest update on Tuesday, OHRH reported they had 49 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, with 40 of those being unvaccinated. Ten of those were in critical care, all unvaccinated. And seven were intubated, all unvaccinated.

COVID-19 Patients by Age

  • Under 20: 3 Hospitalized
  • 20-29: 2 intubated in critical care, 1 hospitalized
  • 30-39: 2 intubated in critical care, 2 hospitalized
  • 40-49: 1 in critical care, 2 hospitalized
  • 50-59: 1 intubated in critical care, 1 in critical care, 8 hospitalized
  • 60-69: 2 intubated in critical care, 4 in critical care, 8 hospitalized
  • 70-79: 9 hospitalized
  • 80-89: 9 hospitalized
  • 90+: 3 hospitalized

Monoclonal Antibodies Update

On Jan. 10, OHRH provided an updated on monoclonal antibodies.

“The monoclonal antibody infusions used to treat COVID-19 are in short supply across the nation,” the announcement reads. “Sotrovimab is the only monoclonal antibody currently active against the omicron variant. States receive an allotment of the antibodies (currently Sotrovimab) from the federal government, and then distribute it to their healthcare facilities. The supply has been much lower recently for all states. The Sotrovimab allocation for OHRH this week is 65 doses.”

COVID-19 Enhanced Patient Safety Measures

The hospital previously announced visitor restrictions on Aug. 9.

According to that announcement, the following guidelines will be in effect until further notice:

  • Visitor Guidelines (Non-Maternity Services or Pediatric Unit)
    • Only one visitor will be allowed per non-COVID patient.
      • Everyone must pass a screening before entering our facilities.
      • Masks are required to be worn over the mouth and nose at all times while in our facilities.
      • Physical distancing standards must be maintained.
      • Everyone is required to wash or sanitize their hands frequently.
      • No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit.
      • Approved visitors will receive an armband to identify them as such.
      • Maternity Services will issue name badges to identify approved visitors.
      • All patients and visitors must enter through the Emergency entrances at hospitals to be screened upon entry after hours:
        • Owensboro Health Regional Hospital – 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
        • Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital – 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
        • Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center – 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
      • Clergy visitations will follow established guidelines/process
      • Exceptions will be made for end-of-life care
    • Transitional Care and Long-Term Care Units are following CMS guidelines.
    • Outpatient Surgery is allowing one visitor per patient unless the patient is under age 18. Two support people are allowed for children.
    • Visitors should maintain a distance from other parties while in the waiting room.
    • Outpatient Testing, Therapies and Clinics are allowed one visitor per patient.
  • Maternity Services or Pediatric Unit visitor guidelines
    • Two parents or caregivers of a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are allowed as long as they are not symptomatic or have COVID-19.
    • Two parents or caregivers of pediatric patients are allowed as long as they are not symptomatic or have COVID-19.
    • Two support people (doulas are included as a support person) are allowed in Labor & Delivery or Mother Baby Units.
    • Support person(s) must remain the same throughout the entire stay.
    • No one under the age of 18 will be permitted.

January 13, 2022 | 10:21 am

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