Burgess Executes Emergency Plans

Burgess Health Center is actively preparing, planning, and executing our emergency plans, collaborating with local and state health public health departments, and staying on top of the latest guidelines set forth by the CDC and the State of Iowa. At this time, we have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep our staff and patients safe. While not at a critical point, cleaning supplies are a precious commodity. Our planning includes appropriate use of PPE and cleaning supplies to ensure we have adequate supply if a large influx of patients occurs.

There currently is no cure for COVID-19; we are only able to treat symptoms. Our medical staff is working diligently to ensure we are following the latest treatment protocols to lessen these symptoms. Respiratory support is one of the most critical components of symptom management.

Our planning includes ensuring we have the proper equipment to care for patients in severe respiratory distress.  In addition, we are training additional staff to operate this equipment as some of our staff may not be able to work if they become infected. Also, the staff currently trained will not be able to function around the clock if this pandemic is of long duration.

Unfortunately, no matter what preparation we do, Burgess and the U.S. healthcare system could become overwhelmed if we do not slow this virus down. Therefore, follow the recommendations we have been hearing:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your cough
  • Stay home if you are sick and call your primary care provider
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces daily
  • Practice social distancing at all times & stay home as much as possible
  • Limit travel to only what is essential

Some things Burgess has implemented to protect our staff and patients, to converse PPE and cleaning supplies, and prepare for a potential influx of patients include:

  • Restricted the number of entry points into the hospital
  • Closed our wellness centers
  • Began screening everyone coming to our facilities including patients, visitors, staff and vendors
  • Canceled all elective surgeries
  • Limited visitors

Be assured Burgess is doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our staff and our community members. Working together as a community and a nation, we will beat this pandemic if we all sacrifice a little. Let’s take the precautions that are being recommended even if they disrupt our normal routine. The life that is saved could be our own or your loved ones.