Published on April 06, 2020

An Update from Dr. DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

It has been one month since we had our first COVID-19 case in Kentucky and we have now surpassed 1,000 cases. During this month, it’s become evident that our country will see heart-breaking loss. Our actions locally can ease the impact we see here in our community. We know you’re making difficult sacrifices, but it’s so important to keep it up. Predictions show the difference between strict compliance and poor compliance will result in many more lives lost. 

I am calling on every one of you to be leaders in our community. Follow the guidelines for yourself and your family but also be the example for those in your circle of influence and let them know how important this is for all of us. I want to share an excerpt from the Messenger-Inquirer yesterday that shows how the community looks to Owensboro Health during this time. 

Together Owensboro: We all have a part to play

By Candance Brake, President and CEO, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce

Owensboro Health has shown remarkable leadership — the kind of leadership that makes it easier to sleep at night. And the kind that demonstrates why having a flagship of their depth and caliber benefits this region beyond measure. In addition, our Green River District Health Department’s leading of the effort makes us extremely proud.

Our health care workers, first responders, grocery workers, delivery drivers … all serving selflessly strikes a sense of pride in who we are as a community.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Updated: 4/6/2020 2:31 p.m.

OH Lab Testing Counts

Total

Positive

Negative

Pending

Totals
773
82
586
105
Inpatient Lab
62 7 48 7
OHScreening Site (PAC Building)
425 39 335 51
ED
95 9 45 21
MCH Lab
190 27 104 38

COVID-19 Positive Cases

County

Cases

Daviess 58
Henderson 19
Muhlenberg 14
Webster 3
Union 3
Hopkins 52
Ohio 6
McLean 4
Hancock 2
Christian 1
Kentucky Total 1008

Safety First

In the midst of COVID-19, the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital safety coaches are focusing on what is important: the safety of our patients and co-workers. Below, Dietary Specialist Rachel Hock and Pharmacy Technician Kayla Layne remind team members to practice the Target Zero Error Prevention Tools. Target Zero is our patient safety program used to eliminate harm events for our patients.

in front of the flower board in front of the frog board

Error Prevention Tool: Phonetic & Numeric Clarification

Please remember your safety tools of phonetic and numeric clarification. Wearing masks can make clear communication more difficult. When communication involves a letter, say the letter followed by the word that begins with the letter. For sound alike numbers, say the number and then the digits. 

Flower delivery at OHRH

flower delivery crewEven though visitors aren't allowed, we know our patients may need some extra cheer right now, so Owensboro Health team members delivered flowers and smiles to patients last week. The flower delivery was made possible by the Owensboro Health Foundation and Welborn Floral Co.

Universal Mask and PPE Guidelines

All team members working with patients face to face are expected to wear procedural/surgical face masks at all times, while in their respective clinical care settings or in any public areas. 

Epic Inpatient Nurse Training

Due to an anticipated surge in patients, all Owensboro Health nurses who are not currently in an inpatient role and have an active Kentucky nursing license will receive Epic Inpatient Nurse training. This training is for potential staffing needs. The interactive-video lessons can be completed in 10-15 minute increments and the whole training can be completed in 5 hours. 

Worth Repeating…

Resources on OwensboroHealth.org/Coronavirus

Check out the Know Before You Go page for more information on who should get tested for coronavirus and what to expect. You can also find Home Care Instructions for Novel Coronavirus with tips on how to take care of yourself or your family at home if you think you have the virus.

 

We will get through this, together.

 

Francis J. DuFrayne, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Supplies on Hand

Ventilators
In use 6
Available 18
Bipaps
In use 7
Available 22
Adult Heated High Flow
In use 2
Available 6

Supplies

Count

Swabs
200
N95s
Count
3M Regular 1860
4,080
3M Small N95 1860S
21
Halyard Duck Bill N95 Small
385
Halyard Duck Bill N95 Regular
140
3M N95 8000
4,920
3M 8210
140
3M 8576
240
3M 8511
105
Medline Cone 95
480
M100
160
8200
15
N95 SW
10
N95 64059530A
10
MOLDEX 95
100
3M 8200HB1
20
3M 8271
10
KIMBERLY CLARK 64230
160
SS1-N95 Global Protection
90
3M 8247
5
3M 8511PA1
4
HoneyWell N95 RWS-54006
4
TOTAL N95
11,099
Surgical Masks
Count
Earloop/Ties
141,350
Cloth (Homemade)
400+
Shields
Count
Band/Mask
559
Gowns Count
Isolation 5,289
Eye Protection Count
Goggles/glasses 331
Gloves (200 each per box) Count
Small 395
Medium 561
Large 521
X-Large 67

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.

24-Hour Coronavirus Hotline

For patients and community members with questions or possible symptoms.

Call: 877-888-6647