Combating Coronavirus Series Resources

Color Coding to Control COVID

In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus to patients and personnel, hospital staff at a large hospital system in eastern Pennsylvania have begun applying color-coded dot labels to each individual entering the building.

By using high visibility 3⁄4” removable dot labels, the hospital staff are able to easily identify whether individuals entering the building have been screened for the virus. (Not wearing a dot means not screened.)...[Read More]

Screening for Safety

As hospitals grapple with how to control the spread of Coronavirus, many have turned to screening measures at the point of entry. In some cases these involve a visual identifier that is added to a visitor or employee badge (such as a color-coded dot label), while in others it’s a separate mechanism entirely.

One such solution is a high visibility label imprinted with the word “screened” in bold text which can be applied to all entering the building. These labels include a date field which allows hospital staff to see when individuals were screened...[Read More]

Tents for Triage

Before Coronavirus, hospital waiting rooms were populated with people of varying degrees of illness or injury, commingled with visitors and family members there for support. Today these rooms are a very different landscape. Out of necessity, hospitals have been forced to reconsider not just these spaces but also, and more importantly, how people are triaged and admitted to hospitals.

A system in Texas has begun using tents outside of their facilities, as a way to manage this process. There, patients and staff are able to undergo initial screening for COVID-19. Based on their screening results, individuals are labeled with either a red or green sticker and routed to one of two areas for further testing/treatment...[Read More]


A Surge of Support

Communities all across America are scrambling to prepare for the Coronavirus. In cities large and small, hospitals are stocking up and finding new ways to meet the need. For cities like Chicago and New Orleans this has meant converting their convention centers into field hospitals.

In cities like New York and Los Angeles, where these efforts are already in place and cases of COVID-19 are expected to surpass those capacities, hospital systems are teaming up to find and convert additional spaces for beds...[Read More]

The Promise of Plasma Therapy

As survivors of the Coronavirus emerge from hospitals across the country, they bring with them a cherished hope we’ve all longed for. And not just because they’ve survived (though that is joyous), but because as a result of their illness we now have access to Coronavirus resistant antibodies.

Blood banks across the country are working with these individuals to collect and use their plasma in an effort to pass immunity to those who are severely ill. Known as Convalescent Plasma Therapy, this treatment has the potential to reduce the duration and severity of COVID-19...[Read More]

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