Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital Alert COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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How Our Team of Medical Professionals Is Managing the Coronavirus Epidemic and How You Can Help

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By Daniel Marcus

Posted on April 2nd, 2020 in Departments

COVID-19The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is spreading at a very fast pace throughout the world. Currently, the United States has the largest number of new cases, at over 434,000, as well as the highest mortality rate. Nearly 15,000 people have lost their lives to the new virus.

During this challenging time, hospitals worldwide including the team at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, are working to provide quality healthcare and effective treatment to every patient.

Our dedicated team has the expertise and training needed to diagnose and treat new and emerging diseases by using infection prevention protocols approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are ready to offer safe and compassionate care to anyone who enters our hospital. We know how important kindness and sympathy are during this unexpected crisis. By coordinating with local, state and federal health agencies, we are prepared to provide care to patients who have the new virus, as well as to prevent infection in people who seek medical attention for different health conditions or diseases. We highly value the safety and wellbeing of our patients and do all that is in our power to help everyone who needs medical assistance.

You Can Help Too

As for supplies, we are currently stocked with enough equipment to provide appropriate care to patients and to avoid contamination within the hospital. However, considering the tremendous extent of the pandemic, we may run low sooner or later, as there is a nationwide shortage of test kits and supplies. If you want to support our medical teams by making a donation, we would wholeheartedly appreciate your gesture. Anything is welcome, from face masks and disinfectant to medical equipment such as ventilators.

Since one can easily become infected with the coronavirus, we are now enforcing a new policy concerning visitors to reduce the risk of contamination. Our requirements are that only one visitor per patient, for both inpatient and emergency department visits is allowed, disallowing any visitor under the age of 18 from entering the hospital and screening everyone for flue-like symptoms prior to giving access to the premises of the building. Nevertheless, given the magnitude of the situation, we have recently reviewed our visiting policy in the hope of lowering the number of new cases. Consequently, only visitors of people who underwent emergency surgery are allowed to enter the hospital. If we permitted exceptions such as visiting people who were receiving end of life care in the past, we regret to announce that we are no longer allowing this kind of visits.

We have also limited the number of entrances to the hospital so that only people who have symptoms which may indicate coronavirus infection, such as fever, a persisting cough, and sore throat, and emergency cases may gain access to healthcare. Patients who have be diagnosed with COVID-19 cannot receive visitors, as the likelihood of it spreading would be very high. Additionally, we are not performing elective surgeries any this time.

If You Suspect You Have Coronavirus, We Strongly Advise You to Immediately Seek Medical Attention

Marina del Rey Hospital has a proven track record of protecting and safely caring for people with infectious diseases, so our medical professionals will be ready to provide you with the healthcare you need. You will be promptly tested to confirm or deny the presence of the coronavirus in your body in a calm and kind environment.

Last but not least, we also value the wellbeing of our medical staff, which we protect by putting the necessary healthcare protocols and isolation precautions in place, according to the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If one of our medical professionals has recently returned from a high-risk country, such as South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran or China, they will undergo testing for coronavirus immediately after they contact our employee healthline. We are bound to look after our medical team, especially after those who work on the frontline.

Until the coronavirus epidemic is over, we highly recommend you to follow the protective measures which are meant to keep you and the people around you safe.

  • Please avoid leaving your house except for emergency reasons,
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
  • maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals,
  • refrain from touching your mouth, nose or eyes if you have not previously washed your hands,
  • disinfect the object and surfaces you frequently touch on a regular basis and
  • keep up to date with the news regarding the coronavirus.

With kindness, respect, care, and vigilance, we will go through this awful crisis together and the world will eventually return to normal.