Isolation Carts Donated To Acute Care & ER

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in News |

Isolation Carts Donated To Acute Care & ER

The Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation recently received funding for two new Isolation Carts at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. One Isolation Cart will be used in the Acute Care Unit while the other one will be placed in the Emergency Department.

The purpose of the isolation carts is to provide the employees and visitors with personal protective equipment (PPE) outside of a patient’s room. PPE is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when caring for or visiting patients with a communicable illness. Until now, the PVCH nursing department had two isolation carts, and it was revealed that two were not a sufficient amount to have onsite with PVCH’s patient population.

Some illnesses much as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have approximately a 20% chance of transmission through patient-to-patient contact. It is estimated that 5% to 10% of all patients in an acute care facility, such as PVCH, are placed in isolation (Morgan, Kaye and Diekema, 2014). Having more isolation carts available would increase the number of staff members and visitors utilizing the PPE to protect the transmission of illness to themselves and others.

“The nursing associates are very appreciative of this donation by both the donor as well as the PVCH Foundation,” shared Kendra Barker, Nursing Services Director. “This allows our staff, as well as visitors, to have the personal protective equipment readily available when entering a patient’s room.”

The Halyard Health Storage Module, is the is the PPE dispensing system purchased, allows for gloves, gowns and masks to be stored outside of the patient’s room for easy access. There are two parts to the dispensing system. The upper part of the dispensing system allows for access to necessary PPE while the lower part acts as a base and a storage unit for extra supplies needed for patient care.