Universal masking of staff, patients and visitors at all times.
All staff and visitors are screened at the East Entrance for COVID-19 symptoms, including having their temperature checked prior to entering the hospital.
Seating in the waiting area has been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing.
Visitors are limited to one per patient in the hospital to decrease traffic.
The hospital’s Castle Creek Café is closed to the public, and seating has been reconfigured to allow physical distancing in the dining area for essential healthcare workers.
Magazines and reading materials have been removed from waiting areas, except those required by law.
Surgical and obstetrical patients prior to induction are tested for COVID-19 prior to arrival and screened upon arrival.
Donning and doffing of PPE before and after treating COVID-19-suspected or COVID-19-positive patients follows a strict protocol and is done in pairs to assure that no step is missed.
Designating a specific zone for COVID-19 patients, separating COVID and non-COVID patients as appropriate.
AVH’s Environmental Services department is highly trained in cleaning protocols for infection prevention.
All of our disinfectants are approved for use against human coronaviruses.
Housekeeping provide additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
Equipment is thoroughly disinfected after each patient use.
Staff are not permitted to work if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, and they must follow strict guidelines set forth by our employee health department in order to return to work.
AVH has multiple negative pressure rooms that help to contain airborne pathogens. The air in these negative pressure rooms is recycled with fresh air every two-and-a-half minutes, resulting in the elimination of 99% of all viral and bacterial particulates approximately every 12 minutes.
AVH’s Respiratory Evaluation & Testing Center allows patients with COVID-19 symptoms to be evaluated and tested without entering main areas of the hospital. The majority of these patients are able to recover at home. Those needing hospitalization are evaluated in negative pressure rooms with staff in appropriate PPE.
AVH took a highly proactive approach to securing and protecting our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) that has allowed us to treat all COVID-19 patients with protective measures that exceed CDC recommendations.