From Dr. Manish Garg: Weekly Primary Survey
We are having our primary survey meeting again at 5pm on Sunday.
I think it will be important to discuss our thoughts and feelings while some of our colleagues have been seriously ill. Member(s) of the psychiatry department will be there for the early portion to help guide us.
Zoom Meeting #: 902-383-0868
From the Chiefs: Residents in the Spotlights
From D. Anne Stewart: FIGS Donations
Good Afternoon All,
We are happy to report that that FIGS is donating scrubs to our Department!
Please indicate your preference of size on the attached link and return by no later than Friday, April 30th.
As this is a donation, we were unable to select sizes and styles in advance, availability of sizes will be limited.
Once the donation has been received and sorted, further details regarding distribution will be forwarded.
From Dr. Steven McDonald: Help Supply
One of our volunteers (as well as a friend of mine)–Eric Alper–has started a service to help medical professionals meet the needs of daily life during this hectic time.
In his words: “Help Supply is an online platform that quickly connects healthcare workers to the services and support they need to keep up the fight against COVID-19. Healthcare workers have daily needs that are squeezed by the COVID-19 fight; services like grocery shopping, childcare and mental health support have become a challenge to meet. We’ve built relationships with trusted partners with armies of volunteers ready to help and equipped with risk-reduction training & supplies. Launched in NYC, Help Supply is expanding to other markets hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
You can access the service here:
Please feel free to share with any individuals in your network, not just our CUIMC family.
Given the rapidly evolving response to COVID19, it can be challenging to stay current. Below are the most critical updates from NYP and GME.
Please see the COVID19 Updates page for additional information and resources.
NYP Medication Guidelines (4/15/2020)
UPDATED NYP ED COVID MANAGEMENT ALGORITHM (4/1/2020)
Updated WHS Sick/Exposed/ Quarantined Guidance (4/3/2020)
Interim Testing Guidelines for Admitted Patients (4/4/20)
Updated Guidelines for Airway Management (3/23/2020)
PPE Guide Visual Aide (4/4/2020)
NYP COVID19 TRAVEL GUIDANCE AND FAQs
Dr. Penny Lema: Antibody Testing
Dr. Mills has been advocating for our Dept of Emergency Medicine to be first priority to obtain COVID serum antibody testing. We have collaborated with Columbia Infectious Diseases and ColumbiaDoctors to (hopefully) expedite your access to receive testing for those of you who are interested. This expedited process is for our ED faculty, PA’s and residents. I have already placed 30 of you on this expedited list. We have heard some of your hurdles of setting up an OnDemand appointment and clarification of an antibody test appointment. I have asked ID to have our ED frontline bypass these appointments and phone calls with the results of this confidential survey.
Those of you who would like to participate in any of the Columbia COVID studies as a subject can also complete this survey (Q11-15) to be enrolled. The ID research team will contact you.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Link to survey:
Dr. Jenny Castillo: COVID Wellbeing Paper
Dr. Chris Tedeschi: ED Incident Commander
From Dr. Ken Wong: Orienting off-service rotators
Rotators have gotten a welcome email and a handbook; chiefs also gave June in-person orientations. However, a rotator’s first shift can be any one of about 12 times during a month, and nothing’s as good as on-shift instruction. Focus your brief pointers on where to find things, the dispo note template, how to bed request after the dispo, and how to PFD and discharge a patient. Please also go over PPE, early isolation guidance, and guidelines about high risk COVID19 situations.
From Dr. Lynn Jiang: Wellness
MCB Message of the Month
Shout out to Sara Zaidi for staying strong during her mock trial this week!