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DRHC moved to code red on pandemic response system

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Dauphin Regional Health Centre (DRHC) has been placed in Code Red (critical) on the province’s COVID response system to deal with an outbreak on the facilities medicine ward.
Although no case specific details are being shared at this time, the classification does affect operations at the facility.
“PMH continues to provide endoscopy and surgical services at DRHC. Regular scheduled surgical cases are being restricted to outpatients only. Emergency surgery is still being performed. This is in an abundance of caution to protect the bed capacity for medical admissions on the surgery unit as needed,” Prairie Mountain Health CEO Penny Gilson said.
“PMH reminds the public that the Emergency Department at DRHC remains open. We continue to see and treat people with conditions or symptoms that are not related to COVID-19. This includes access to ER care as well as ambulance transport. During this pandemic, all patients who arrive at our Emergency Departments are screened and assessed by the appropriate health-care providers.”
Gilson reminds area residents that if they are experiencing an emergency, 911 is the quickest access to care.
Under the code red umbrella provincial guidelines advise visitor access to acute care facilities is restricted, including access to accompany patients to outpatient services.
For inpatients, regardless of length of stay, visitors should not be permitted.
Essential care partner access is restricted, but will be supported in the following circumstances:
• assisting with medical history, collateral history, consent and decision making
• translation when an interpreter cannot be accessed through the phone service
• patients who normally have constant care or attendants
• complex discharge instructions
• critically ill or critically injured
• labour and delivery/postpartum
• pediatrics
In the above circumstances, in consultation with the site/facility, one essential care partner may be identified by the patient or substitute decision maker.
. During the last two weeks of life - rapid decline with an estimated survival of less than two weeks - a maximum of four essential care partners may be identified to visit. Two people may attend within a 24-hour time frame and both may attend at the same time provided physical distancing requirements can be maintained. Respecting every situation is unique, additional essential care partners beyond four is to be managed on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with site leadership.