Welcome Students and Faculty!
We hope that you have a very enjoyable clinical experience at Bayhealth Medical Center. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Hand Hygiene - Artificial Nails and Extenders
According to Bayhealth Hand Hygiene Policy, B6030.03; hand hygiene is the single most important procedure for prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
In addition to handwashing and using alcohol-based hand rubs, other aspects of hand hygiene are critical.
Persons having direct contact with patients are NOT to wear artificial fingernails or extenders. Fingernail extensions or tips, gels, and acrylic overlays, resin wraps or acrylic fingernails constitute types of artificial fingernails.
The rule of thumb is if the product cannot be immediately removed with nail polish remover, then it is considered a nail enhancement. Gels and shellac (which is a combination of gel and regular nail polish) have to be soaked off of the nails.
Natural tips are to be kept less than ¼ inch long. Chipped nail polish is not acceptable.
For more details, please see the policy on BayNet or contact Paula Bodner, MSN, RN-BC – Education Department.
Meaningful communication with patients is a necessity for so many reasons today. Joint Commission has changed their standard on communicating effectively with patients. It is no longer "primary language", now it is "preferred language", which means we must ask the patient. Additionally, we need to determine if parents of minor children require interpreter services as well as the language need of the primary caregiver for when the patient returns home.
Language Line is available through the Switchboard 24/7 and can even be used for telephone calls (billing, scheduling, etc).
Deaf Talk is available by contacting Security at both Kent and Milford.
Any procedure requiring informed consent and a signature (blood transfusion, surgery, etc) or any appointment where results and plan of care are going to be discussed should have a live interpreter. Live interpreters MUST be scheduled in advance as they are not Bayhealth employees. Departments who are unsure of the procedure for using live interpreters are requested to contact Patient Advocacy for additional information. Phone numbers will be available on the Patient Advocacy Department page on BayNet.
The Faculty Clinical Update has been scheduled for the 2013-2014 school year. The meeting will review several topics including the clinical setting, expectations of faculty and students, and other important information regarding the externship and Student Shadow program at Bayhealth. The meeting has been scheduled for the following dates:
Friday, July 26, 2013 from 8:00AM-12:00PM at Bayhealth Kent General in the General Foods Conference Center, Rooms 1-4
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 8:00AM-12:00PM at Bayhealth Kent General in the General Foods Conference Center, Rooms 1-4
You are only required to attend one meeting. If you have any questions regarding the Faculty Clinical Update, please contact Paula Bodner at 302-744-6997 or CeAnn Williams at 302-744-6722.
We would like to wish everyone a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!
Please ensure that student shadow requests are coordinated by Paula Bodner or CeAnn Williams. Please provide us with pertinent information (i.e. clinical department desired, start/end date, number of hours needed, etc.) via email or telephone. Once we have received that information, we will contact the department to coordinate the observation.
Bayhealth Infection Prevention Tip of the Week
Bayhealth has implemented a new policy to rapidly identify potential risk factors for the spread of C. difficile infection (CDI) and suggested treatment measures. The new policy includes the CDI bundle checklist and adult physician order set which:
Serves as a guide for rapid identification, implementation of treatment and environmental measures used to limit potential cases and minimize complications associated with CDI.
The bundle checklist and physician order set offers clear, concise strategies to ensure uniform CDI management and prevention.
The checklist is comprised of individual sections to address the role of each multidisciplinary member and offer suggestions for CDI treatment from the CDC and other evidence based sources.
Bayhealth Infection Prevention Tip of the Week
Milford Memorial and Kent General will be supplied with new FOAM based hand hygiene products in the near future.
Quick tip reminders for correct use:
Wet hands with water
Apply one pump of soap and wash for at least 15 seconds
Dry hands with paper towel and use to turn off faucet
Foam Hand Sanitizer:
Dispense one pump of product into hands
Rub hands together to cover all surfaces, including backs of hands and between fingers
Rub until dry; do not rinse off
Please submit your fall 2013 externship requests as soon as possible. We have received several externship request forms, so space availability is becoming limited. Please submit your completed form via email to CeAnn Williams or Paula Bodner. If you have questions or concerns, please contact:
CeAnn Williams - Student Coordinator: CeAnn_Williams@bayhealth.org or 302-744-6722
Paula Bodner - Externship Coordinator: Paula_Bodner@bayhealth.org or 302-744-6997
Wishing you all a great summer break!
Please check the Student/Faculty Blog periodically for important updates and information.