A statement on the hospital’s website stated that Brigham Hospital had also “completely cleaned” the affected areas and stopped admissions to these wards. And it restricts visitors to “certain areas.”
Trish Powers, a nurse in the trauma department and president of the Massachusetts Association of Nurses at Brigham, said that the epidemic is disturbing given the large number and variety of people from hospitals to food service workers to medical students every day.
“You have many ways to spread it. They are desperately trying to contain it,”
Bowles said that of the five staff members who tested positive, at least two nurses had symptoms. One is that her children and husband are at home, and are isolated in her bedroom when they go to school and work remotely. A person often takes the Bailing shuttle bus from her car to the hospital.
Bowers said that although visitors sometimes need to remind themselves to cover their noses, hospital staff and visitors wear masks. The N95 mask with the highest level of protection is only for use by staff who care for COVID-19 patients.
Bowers said: “This just shows that even here, 99% of people always wear masks correctly. There are Purell everywhere. These things are still possible.” The union represents 3,400 hospital staff. nurse.
It is believed that the spread of COVID-19 in a hospital environment is not common, but the data is not yet clear. Indeed, just two weeks ago, Brigham researchers published a study that showed that there has been almost no transmission of coronavirus in hospitals in the past 12 weeks. In the hospital, only 2 of the more than 9,000 patients fell due to COVID-19; one was apparently infected by a spouse, and the other had no known hospital exposure.
But in July, an employee of the BayState Medical Center in Springfield went to an out-of-state hot spot, apparently spreading the virus to colleagues who were dismissive of people wearing masks in the break room, eventually causing workers and A series of cases occurred among the patients, eventually involving 55 people according to news reports.
The Wall Street Journal’s recent analysis of federal data found that 7,400 patients nationwide were infected with the virus in hospitals while receiving treatment for other diseases between May 14 and July 14. The hospital averaged 25,900 treatments per day. COVID-19 patients.
The Brigham Women’s Foundation discovered a series of cases in Braunwald Tower’s 14CD and 16A units on Tuesday.
Dr. Mike Klompas, a hospital epidemiologist, wrote in an email: “Our infection control and occupational health experts are working closely with all relevant personnel and patients to ensure that people who may be exposed are identified and tested.”
Lady Brigham No information was provided other than the statement. But the head of the union, Bowers, said that all patients arrived negative. She said that some people later tested positive in the hospital, others tested positive after being discharged, but she did not know what prompted the test.
According to Powers, the infected patients who are still in the hospital have been transferred to the COVID-19 unit in another building, while Unit 16A has been closed.
The hospital said in a statement: “Brigham Hotel is committed to testing all admitted patients, requiring staff to prove their health before work every day, and requiring all staff, patients and visitors to wear them to create and maintain safe care. Environment. The hospital wears a mask when it is on campus, adheres to regular hand hygiene, often cleans the environment, and conducts appropriate physical evacuation.”
The hospital did not have any information about how the cluster occurred and stated on its website that it is still under investigation.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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