CMC conducts surprise COVID drill

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With the spread of COVID-19 now affecting the Lowcountry, Colleton Medical Center has updated its protocols to ensure its preparedness during spread of COVID-19.

These efforts include reinforcing appropriate infection prevention protocols and guidance from the CDC, ensuring CMC has necessary supplies and equipment, and emergency planning, working in partnership with DHEC and the CDC.

The staff at the hospital has also conducted its first unannounced drill, in which an actor presented to the ER staff with symptoms of COVID-19 and staff walked through the treatment of that patient from intake to discharge. The administration was very pleased with the outcome of the drill. Chief Nursing Officer Jamie Kabanuk said, “Our staff was very well-equipped to handle the scenario that they were presented. The team will continue to prepare for surge events related to COVID-19.”

In order to reduce opportunities for person-to-person transmission and minimize risk for patients and guests, Colleton Medical Center will continue to limit visitors and screen everyone who enters the facility. Patients and visitors will be asked a series of questions regarding whether or not they are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, have traveled outside of the United States in the past 14 days, or have had a known exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 patient.

Visitation at the hospital will be limited to no more than one guest over the age of 12 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The facility’s cafeteria has been closed to visitors at this time as well.

Those who are worried, but do not have symptoms are urged to please stay home. Going to a doctor’s office or hospital adds to a higher concentration of people and can further overwhelm medical staff.

Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develops mild symptoms such as a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, a cough, or difficulty breathing should contact their healthcare provider for medical advice.

Please seek immediate emergency care if symptoms such as persistent pain, pressure in the chest or trouble breathing develop.

To continue to protect yourself and others, avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, practice good hand hygiene and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Colleton Medical Center will continue to provide updates to the community as they arise.

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