Bayhealth enters crisis standards of care protocol

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DELAWARE – Bayhealth has entered their crisis standards of care protocol. Hospital officials say the goal is to deliver high-quality health care, while dealing with the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. They add that demand is far surpassing available resources, including in their emergency departments and walk-in clinics.

Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE says the medical community is under siege by the COVID-19 pandemic. “This most recent spike has taken a heavy toll on our resources and staffing that were already strained. Implementing Crisis Standards of Care is the necessary next step to allow our caregivers to deliver care in the safest and most effective manner to those in our community who need us most,” he said.

Under the crisis status, Bayhealth will re-deploy staff and physicians, postpone elective surgeries, add new units and spaces for care, discharge patients more efficiently, and use extra staffing support, including the National Guard. “We are calling on everyone in our community to take personal responsibility and help us end this fight,” said Murphy.

Bayhealth officials are encouraging the public to get fully vaccinated and boosted, and to continue wearing a mask, socially distancing, and washing their hands. Plus, people are encouraged to avoid the emergency department unless experiencing a medical emergency. If you are sick, Bayhealth asks that you contact your primary care doctor or visit a walk-in clinic. People are also encouraged to use free COVID-19 testing sites.

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