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Why Baptist Health is Safe for Care During COVID-19

At Baptist Health, we’re known for quality and safety. During the COVID-19 crisis, we’re no different. While many remain concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak, we know that some illnesses and injuries simply can’t wait. If you require face-to-face or in-patient treatment, we want you to know Baptist Health is a safe place for care.

We’ve taken protective actions to keep all patients, physicians, team members and visitors safe. Here are our COVID-19 safety measures:

In Hospitals

  • COVID-19 patients are isolated in the hospital, and negative-pressure airflow rooms are used to prevent contaminated air from leaving the room
  • Designated staff and equipment assigned to COVID-19 units
  • Using Xenex germ-zapping UV technology to decontaminate rooms and masks
  • Expanded internal testing for COVID-19 that accelerates timelines for patient results
  • New protocols for pretesting of surgical and procedural patients for COVID-19
  • New protocols to protect patients, physicians and team members from possible COVID-19 exposure during invasive procedures and surgery
  • Special guidelines for use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for confirmed or expected COVID-19 patients
  • Limiting the number and ages of visitors to hospitals

At our Care Facilities

  • Universal masking requirements for team members, physicians, patients and visitors
  • Frequent cleaning of common surfaces to thwart exposure
  • Escalated infection prevention measures including hand hygiene (clean hands only!)
  • Limiting the number and ages of visitors (1 visitor, only if needed to support patients with impairment or mobility needs)
  • Screening of all patients, physicians, team members and permitted visitors for COVID-19 symptoms and possible exposures
  • Social distancing practices in waiting rooms and common areas
  • Expanding virtual care services by primary care physicians as well as specialists – and the ability to convert an existing appointment to telehealth instead
  • Expanding post-hospital care to help recently discharged patients receive the rehabilitative services they need at home