COVID-19: Cleveland Clinic’s plans for safety, resource optimization, and redeployment

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

On March 27, 2020, Dr. Cara King (@drcaraking) hosts Beri Ridgeway, MD, (@beridgeway) Institute Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health, Cleveland Clinic.

They discuss:

  • Ohio’s state of affairs regarding COVID-19
  • Testing sites and tests completed to date
  • Who can be tested for COVID-19, based on allocation of resources and underlying conditions
  • The virtual approach to testing using telephones, FaceTime, and Google Duo
  • Insurance coverage of virtual visits and charity care
  • In-patient and out-patient visitation policy and hospital entrance checkpoints
  • Wearing masks: current evidence-based approach
  • COVID-19 modeling for Cleveland Clinic: contingency plans for worst-case scenarios
  • Reducing nonessential operations
  • COVID-19 preparations with many unknowns
  • Elective surgeries: the slowdown of operations
  • Supertracking GYN and early OB patients in a COVID-19 hot zone
  • Redeployment strategy for now low-volume providers, including ObGyns
  • Supporting staff emotionally

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This podcast is developed in collaboration with the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons

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Podcast Participants

Cara R. King, DO, MS, is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Section of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). She is the Director of Benign Gynecologic Surgery and Associate Program Director of the MIGS Fellowship. She also has a Masters Degree in Medical Education from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS), and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Surgical education remains a priority, and her research interests are focused within competency-based medical education and simulation-based assessments. Dr. King has spent time in Chad, Africa, as a volunteer surgeon. Follow Dr. King on Twitter: @drcaraking