COVID-19 Resources and Updates


The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, and the Department of Medicine continues to monitor developments and take actions in response. See below for our latest updates, information, research, and ideas.


Updates from the Chair

Read weekly updates from Department of Medicine Chair Bob Harrington

California Wildfire Emergency Information

The University has created a website with updates and information on air quality and rolling blackouts, which you can view here. Stanford has also contracted with local hotels to offer discounted rates for those of you that need to evacuate your homes or need temporary lodging. You can view a listing of hotels, rates, features, and a link to online booking here. We will continue to share resources as we receive them.  

Resources

Housing

  • Temporary Housing: Stanford Medicine has arranged to have a number of hotel rooms available each day for employees who meet three criteria. 1) Their residence is more than a 60-minute commute; 2) their next shift starts in fewer than 10 hours; 3) they work with a high proportion of COVID-19 patients. Each daily request for a room must be accompanied by an application. Employees who don’t meet the three criteria but have unusual challenges may also apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

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Weekly Clinical Pearl

Stanford’s Critical Care COVID-19 Task Force (CCTF) has created a website dedicated to sharing insights and information on caring for COVID+ patients. 


The decision whether to offer ECMO for a critically ill COVID+ patient is made on a case-by-case basis by a multidisciplinary team. Considerations include age < 61, BMI < 35, and fewer than 7 days on a mechanical ventilator.

July 21, 2020


July 21: The decision whether to offer ECMO for a critically ill COVID+ patient is made on a case-by-case basis by a multidisciplinary team. Considerations include age < 61, BMI < 35, and fewer than 7 days on a mechanical ventilator.

July 14: Caring for a patient who is unable to wear a mask? Guideline for healthcare workers to wear eye protection in addition to an appropriate mask. Even in the case of a COVID negative patient who cannot mask, recommendation for HCW to wear a surgical mask and goggles.

July 7New recommendation to administer systemic steroids to COVID+ patients requiring significant oxygen support. 

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June 30: The Stanford Critical Care Task Force Website has consensus guidelines for the care of COVID patients! Resources include an ICU survival guide, step-by-step PPE checklists, and ICU protocols

June 16: Enrollment criteria for ongoing COVID-19+ clinical therapeutic trials such as the Remdesivir + Baricitinib study available on the Therapeutics and Clinical Trials site.

June 9: Admitting a COVID-19+ patient to the ICU? Recommendation for early PICC line insertion to ensure reliable central access for the duration of the patient's ICU admission. 

June 3: Admitting a COVID-19+ patient to the floor? Routine CT chest is not recommended as it is unlikely to change management. 

May 26: Transporting a COVID+ patient on nasal cannula oxygen in the hospital? Keep the flow rate less than 6LPM and place a face mask on your patient for transport.

Learn more at the CCTF website: https://sites.google.com/view/stanford-covid/home

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News and Research

Publications

Medical Grand Rounds

Our Department of Medicine Grand Rounds presentations bring together leading medical experts to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.


July 15: COVID Testing Overview


July 8: NY COVID Surge Experience


June 24: Coagulation and Clotting Conundrums