March 18, 2020
Keck Medicine of USC has taken many precautions to protect patients and staff in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the growing number of cases in California, the health system is taking several new measures to combat the virus:
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- Many elective inpatient and outpatient surgeries will be rescheduled on a case-by-case basis.
- Keck Medicine has established an isolated screening facility for health care workers and patients exhibiting viral symptoms at its Keck Hospital of USC location.
- An increased number of patients are using telemedicine for appointments.
New Preventive Measures:
- Keck Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital have initiated a no-visitor policy for admitted patients, with exceptions for patients who are at end of life or other critical situations.
- Keck Medical Center of USC buildings have limited entry points, and fever screenings are taking place at all clinical entry points.
- Visitors to outpatient locations will be screened for fever upon check-in.
- Anyone with respiratory symptoms or fever will be given a mask and redirected based on assessment of their clinical condition
- Medical students at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have been pulled from clinical rounds and from working directly with patients at Keck Medicine clinical locations.
“As COVID-19 spreads, we will continue to take all necessary precautions to protect our patients, staff and community and to effectively manage this virus,” says Rodney Hanners, COO of Keck Medicine and CEO of Keck Medical Center. “All of our efforts right now are directed at developing procedures and protocols to provide our patients and community with compassionate care while ensuring their safety.”