COVID-19 Response

Cleveland Clinic

08/26/2020

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.


Innovations’ COVID-19 Call Center Efforts

08/26/2020

Innovations’ COVID-19 Call Center Efforts

When COVID-19 caught hold of the U.S. in early 2020, provider systems everywhere began to implement strategies to control patient volume, clinician capacities, and PPE usage. With the increasing availability of COVID-19 testing, systems were again challenged to balance patient and supply volumes – effectively screening the community while ensuring the availability of tests for those who desperately needed them.


Internal Innovation for COVID-19

08/25/2020

Internal Innovation for COVID-19

It may come as no surprise that as the world put their heads together to find innovative solutions to worldwide PPE shortages and transmission issues, our internal inventor base too brainstormed several lifesaving technologies for COVID-19. From new mask prototypes to solutions for safer public transit, Cleveland Clinic caregivers submitted COVID-19-related Invention Disclosure Forms (IDFs) to our office with the intent to rapidly and scalably provide protection to caregivers, patients, and community members.


From Scratch: Cleveland Clinic, Stitches USA, NSA & WSI Produce Isolation Gowns

08/24/2020

From Scratch: Cleveland Clinic, Stitches USA, NSA & WSI Produce Isolation Gowns

Of all the PPE required to care for patients in a hospital, isolation gowns might appear lower on the list. For an infectious respiratory illness like COVID-19, masks and face shields are often thought a much higher priority. But isolation gowns play a crucial role in caregiver protection – preventing the spread of disease if the wearer comes in contact with infectious liquids and aerosolized or solid materials. And as the world began to source or produce masks and other common PPE items to keep hospital shelves stocked, it became apparent that gowns, too, were in short supply.


Intubation Bags Protect Caregivers from Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures

08/11/2020

Intubation Bags Protect Caregivers from Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures

Though treating patients in the hospital always requires clinicians to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), we know treating patients with infectious diseases like COVID-19 requires an extra level of precaution. As the COVID-19 virus is transmitted via respiratory droplets, anesthesiologists, in particular, must be vigilant while performing Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMPs) such as intubations. This heightened demand for safety led Cleveland Clinic cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, Sergio Bustamante, MD, to a simple protection idea.


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.


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.
 


Amish Community Makes Face Masks For Ohio Clinic In Need

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.


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