Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Emergency Department Takes More Precautions to Keep You Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic
Emergencies happen even in a pandemic. Don’t let your fear of COVID-19 keep you from seeking emergency medical care. Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Emergency Department has put in place several additional measures to ensure patients are safe:
- Rapid check in — our goal is to get you into a private room promptly so that you don’t have to wait in the waiting room.
- Visitors are limited.
- We go above and beyond the CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE). To protect both patients and non-patients, everyone is masked continuously — patients, visitors and staff. Staff also wear a face shield or goggles with every patient interaction.
- We disinfect exam rooms daily with a special UV light system that is twice as effective as traditional cleaning and disinfection alone.
- We disinfect the department more frequently and wipe down high-touch areas multiple times per day.
If a patient has even the mildest symptoms of COVID-19, we step up the precautions even more to prevent possible exposure:
- They are treated in a negative air-flow room, which ensures the air cannot flow to the other patient and staff areas. These negative air-flow rooms also have private bathrooms.
- Staff wear gowns, gloves and PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators)
- We terminally clean negative air-flow rooms between patients, even changing out the privacy curtain.
DON’T WAIT TO SEEK CARE
Minutes matter in a health emergency. Do not avoid the emergency room if you feel your symptoms are truly serious. Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you experience any of these serious medical symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Difficulty speaking
- Sudden face drooping
- Chest or upper abdominal pressure or pain
- Severe, uncontrolled pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Drug overdose
- Severe burns
- Suicidal feelings