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Is Your Hospital Keeping COVID-19 Information from You that Could Put You at Risk?

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tnbutterfly - Mary is a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

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Are you being placed at risk by hospitals not sharing vital Covid-19 information with you?

  1. 1. Does your hospital alert staff members when other close colleagues test positive for COVID-19? Why is or isn't this a problem? Please elaborate in the comment section below.

    • 5
      Yes
    • 10
      No
  2. 2. Do you have any idea how many of your coworkers have tested positive and are out sick? Why is or isn't this a problem? Please elaborate in the comment section below.

    • 4
      Yes
    • 11
      No
  3. 3. Is lack of sharing the above information a problem for you? Please elaborate in the comment section below

    • 10
      Yes
    • 5
      No

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Are you being placed at risk by hospitals not sharing vital Covid-19 information with you? Have you been alerted by your hospital if you have come in close contact with a colleague who has tested positive?

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Names are not reported all over the building, but it is common knowledge that X number of staff in the ICU/ED are in self-isolation/tested positive. And while names aren't mentioned, for those who work on the unit it's pretty common knowledge.

Staff who came into unprotected contact with a patient or staff member (one of our own was the county's first patient, resulting in self-isolation of 14 staff) are promptly notified and sent home to self-isolate if symptom free and sent for testing if showing symptoms. Staff are also prioritized for the faster results test- the community tests take a few days, the inpatient and staff tests are back usually within the hour but guaranteed results within 4 hours.

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