COVID-19 Response

Re-Engineering the N-95

08/06/2020

Re-Engineering the N-95

As COVID-19 spread through Europe and into the United States, Cleveland Clinic’s Supply Chain identified N95 masks as a critical piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) quickly becoming difficult to purchase. As part of the enterprise’s MAKE workstream response, Innovations’ Jon Sakai and Suguna Rachakonda, PhD, were tasked to recreate what they refer to as the “deceptively complex” mask and open a secondary source for Supply Chain’s needs.


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08/04/2020

Cleveland Clinic's COVID-19 MAKE Campaign

As 2020 began much of the world was watching and waiting as the crisis that would become known as the COVID-19 pandemic started to spread. At Cleveland Clinic, a Critical Incidence team was assembled and a command center created. As early as January, two months before Ohio’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, the team began meeting to ensure the organization was prepared. The interdisciplinary team brought together leaders from Supply Chain, Quality and Safety, Occupational Health, Surgical Institute Chairs and Enterprise Analytics among others.


COVID-19 spurring new and unexpected innovations, collaborations in Northeast Ohio

07/29/2020

COVID-19 spurring new and unexpected innovations, collaborations in Northeast Ohio

Dr. Lara Jehi, Chief Research Information Officer, spoke with Crain's about different projects being done at Cleveland Clinic to combat COVID-19.  She spoke about her risk prediction model for healthcare providers to forecast an individual's likelihood of testing positive for the virus and their outcomes. Dr. Jehi also discussed the High-Line IV line management system implemented to help preserve PPE. 


A Safer Approach to Multiplex Ventilation

07/28/2020

A Safer Approach to Multiplex Ventilation

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in early 2020, there was concern that patient volume would swell, and hospitals would suffer from an insufficient supply of ventilators. While it is possible to stretch ventilator usage to treat more than one patient, it was shared by Advisory Board on April 2 that it would be unsafe to do so with current equipment. As ingenuity would have it, caregivers Marc Petre, PhD, Umur Hatipoglu, MD, and Rob Chatburn designed a safer approach to multiplex ventilation– a splitter valve which would allow clinicians to share the airflow between two patients in a safer, more controlled manner.


Cleveland Clinic, P&G, and Microbrush Collaborate for Production of Nasopharyngeal Swabs

07/01/2020

Cleveland Clinic, P&G, and Microbrush Collaborate for Production of Nasopharyngeal Swabs

In a manner similar to the flu, infection with COVID-19 is diagnosed via the collection of virus material with a nasopharyngeal swab. With a nasal swab test, a long stick with a soft brush on the end is inserted into the nasal cavity and twirled around. The soft bristles of the swab collect a sample of secretions for analysis along the entire passageway that connects the base of the nose to the back of the throat. At the height of COVID-19 testing, in addition to personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, gowns, and face shields, nasal swabs were in short supply. With the gold-standard nasal swab manufacturers either overseas or across the country, and already running at full capacity, it became apparent nasopharyngeal swabs were another product to be supplemented through Cleveland Clinic’s MAKE efforts.
 


05/04/2020

Amish Community Makes Face Masks For Ohio Clinic In Need

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleveland Clinic put out a call for volunteers to donate cloth masks for employees and visitors. To help with this monumental effort, Cleveland Clinic Innovations reached out to the Amish community to help source seamstresses and mask-makers. Leaders in the Amish community, along with Stitches USA, Keim, Berlin Gardens, and Superb Industries, began to create masks for the fight.


Cleveland Clinic Innovates IV Line Management to Preserve PPE During COVID19 Pandemic

04/30/2020

Cleveland Clinic Innovates IV Line Management to Preserve PPE During COVID19 Pandemic

For COVID19 and other patients who are in isolation in intensive care units, caregivers use an average of 66 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) each day. This high number is partially driven by the need to enter patient rooms repeatedly to manage intravenous (IV) pumps that deliver necessary medication and nutrition. By moving the pumps outside of patient isolation rooms, critical care units can preserve their stock of PPE and reduce potential exposure to medical staff.  The issue, until last month, was that there was no way to effectively manage the tangled web of lines that flowed to these pumps without risk to patients and caregivers.


Cleveland Clinic Innovations are Improving the Fight Against COVID-19

04/17/2020

Cleveland Clinic Innovations are Improving the Fight Against COVID-19

One of the first articles from the Cleveland Clinic Newsroom to highlight the work done across the enterprise to combat COVID-19, this article highlights several projects. Contributions from Cleveland Clinic Innovations include new ICU practices such as moving IV poles and pumps outside of patient rooms and keeping IV lines off the floor. 


Procter & Gamble donates face shields to Cleveland Clinic

04/13/2020

Procter & Gamble donates face shields to Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic partnered with Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble in order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. With help from both organizations, P&G  designed and manufactured face shields for front line caregivers. In their first shipment, Cleveland Clinic received 18,000 faceshelds just two weeks after the initial phone calls between the organizations.

 


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