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Edward-Elmhurst Health emergency departments (EDs) — located in Elmhurst, Naperville and Plainfield — are ready to provide care to anyone who needs it, even if the issue is not COVID-19-related.
Before and during COVID-19, Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals have earned national recognition in patient safety and quality. In Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grades,
Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital each earned an A grade, with Elmhurst Hospital maintaining its straight-A streak since grading began in 2012.
The following measures are in place at Edward-Elmhurst’s EDs:
Visitor screening and restrictions.
Before entering the EDs, all staff, patients and visitors are screened for a temperature greater than 100 degrees and masked. Visitors are restricted at all sites.
Patients in the EDs may have one support person age 18 or older. Both parents may accompany children under 17.
Strict cleaning and disinfecting. Extra staff are assigned to clean the EDs hourly.
Designated COVID-19 care areas.
Multiple safety measures are in place to minimize risk of COVID-19 cross-contamination, including separating patients with respiratory symptoms to designated areas in the ED.
Critically ill patients with known or suspected COVID-19 are placed in negative-pressure isolation rooms with a separate airflow system and dedicated care teams.
Staff personal protective equipment (PPE).
All ED staff wear proper PPE, including surgical masks, protective eyewear, gowns and gloves, when interacting with patients.
The staff wears additional PPE as appropriate for specific situations.
COVID-19 patient testing prior to procedures.
Daily testing is available at Edward-Elmhurst’s drive-up COVID-19 testing site for patients with a physician’s order.
In the ED, COVID-19 testing takes place for patients with COVID-19 symptoms or prior to a procedure (e.g., surgery, cardiac catheterization).
Physical distancing to limit exposure.
Patient registration is done remotely. Patient rooms have portable X-rays and phones for nurses and physicians to be in constant communication while limiting exposures. ED waiting areas are monitored by triage team leaders who help ensure social distancing.
ED processes for time-sensitive conditions that require immediate intervention, such as stroke or cardiac symptoms, remain in place.
Additionally, Edward Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department in Naperville continues to maintain specialized staff and hours of operation
For updates on COVID-19, check EEHealth.org/coronavirus.