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The safety of the children and workforce at Ranken Jordan is our number one priority. To protect our patients and staff from the spread of infection including the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have implemented a number of restrictions and temporary policies. Please check back daily for new updates.

Latest Updates

Effective immediately, our inpatients will be allowed to have up to two identified visitors at the same time.  Previous restrictions allowed only one visitor at a time. We are allowing up to two now because the other measures used to keep COVID out of the building, including universal masking and screening, have been so effective. Also, our fellow pediatric hospitals in the area now allow up to two visitors, and we believe it is important to be in line with those guidelines to support our families who may have come from one of our referring hospitals.  Please contact the virtual command center if you have questions.

We are happy to announce we will be extending our COVID Temporary Pay Program thru Dec. 31, 2020.  COVID Pay is doing exactly what we intended it to do – it is keeping sick employees out of the building and away from our children with medical complexities (or “fragile kids”).  To continue to protect our patients and each other, please do not come to work if you are sick.  When in doubt, keep it out!  Ranken Jordan will also be adding an additional “COVID Pay” hours to each eligible employee’s COVID Pay account balance (prorated based on FTE status, please refer to chart in policy for details).  Policy can be found in ADP.

Eye Protection Guidelines

COVID-19 enters the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth. Masks protect our nose and mouth. To protect our eyes, our workforce is welcome to use an eye shield or goggles for their protection while at work.  You may request a face shield or goggles from your supervisor. Instructions on how to use a face shield are attached.

For direct patient care staff, we encourage you to wear eye protection when:

For all other staff, eye protection is optional. Remember, universal masking is your best protection.

Valve Masks Guidelines

Masks that include a valve that are not N-95 masks are not permissible to wear at Ranken Jordan. Those type of masks allow you to inhale filtered air, but they allow your exhaled air to be released through the valve instead of trapped in your mask. The purpose of a mask is to keep your germs to yourself. The valve allows them to be released into the air at Ranken Jordan, and that is a risk to your colleagues and our children. Please obtain a new mask from your supervisor.

Ranken Jordan COVID-19 Testing Protocol: Symptomatic Employee and/or Possible Exposure

Ranken Jordan has partnered with BJC HealthCare for rapid employee COVID-19 testing. Employees must first report the following situations to your supervisor immediately. Each situation will be reviewed individually with Occupational Health to determine next steps and if testing is recommended thru our healthcare partnership.

And/Or

Meetings During COVID-19 Pandemic

Conf. Room Max Capacity
Training Room 8
Mac 2
Conger 2
Hogan 2
Ricci 1
Ettie 4
Gunn 6
Minogue 10
Eagles Nest 3
Logan 9
Discovery 2
Nurse Report Room 2
East Consult Room 2

Employees are now allowed to travel since the risk of contracting COVID-19 in town or out of town is the same. You will not be screened out for traveling, nor will you be quarantined if you travel. Travel is still discouraged however, as traveling on planes and to certain hot spots brings a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. You do not need to report travel, but for your own health, please reconsider any travel you have and take great precautions if you must.

COVID-19 Screening
Has someone in your household or close family member tested positive or is under investigation of having COVID-19?
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours?
NEW OR WORSENING:

Universal Masking

As part of universal masking, we are requiring everyone in the building to wear a mask. You do not need to wear a mask when you’re eating, drinking, or working at your own work station and are at least six feet apart from the nearest person. If you work at a shared space (ie: unit computers), please continue to wear your mask.  Here is information on the type of mask to wear.

 

Person Type of Mask
Employee providing direct patient care Surgical only
Employee providing non-direct patient care Surgical or cloth
Visitor/Family member Surgical or cloth
Patient Surgical or cloth

 

Mask Reusage

To manage through the global PPE shortage, please continue to reuse your mask as long as possible. It’s OK to replace it when soiled, broken, it’s concerning, etc. Reception is providing bags for everyone so they can store their masks and reuse it on their next shift. Click here for instructions on how to use/reuse your mask, as well as instructions on how to care for a homemade mask.

UNIVERSAL MASKING

To protect our children and each other, we will begin “universal masking.” Every employee who enters the building and is in a direct patient care role will receive one surgical mask to wear all day. Employees not in direct patient care roles have the option to wear one. Please see the FAQs for further instructions.

 

What is considered direct patient care?

Direct patient care are those roles in nursing, respiratory therapy, therapy services, and medical services. Food services and environmental services should also wear a surgical mask. Non-direct patient care are administrative roles. Non-patient care staff is still allowed to wear a surgical mask.

 

Where can I find surgical masks?

You should receive one upon your screening as you enter the building. Boxes are also located on the units.

 

Should I replace my surgical mask after caring for a child on droplet precautions?

Due to the limited supply of masks across the world, please reuse your surgical mask all day, or as long as you can during your shift.

 

When can I replace my surgical mask?

  • The mask becomes wet, moist, soiled, or damaged
  • The mask becomes contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids
  • You become concerned about your mask

 

Do we have a shortage of masks?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a world-wide shortage of PPE. At Ranken Jordan, we have a limited supply of surgical masks, and we want as many people as possible to wear a surgical mask to protect themselves and our patients. To balance the need and supply, we ask that you wear one surgical mask throughout your shift and replace it only when it meets the replacement criteria listed above.

 

Can I wear my own mask from home?

You may wear your own mask, but when you are caring for a patient, please use a surgical mask we provide.

 

Should visitors be wearing masks?

Visitors may wear a surgical mask if they request one upon screening.

 

How do I use my mask?

Please see below for instructions on how to put on and take off your surgical mask.

With the Shelter-In-Place regulations, some entities require a letter to prove you’re still working. You may use the following letter:

Active Screening For All – Effective March 23, 2020

To protect our patients and staff, we will begin actively screening everyone who comes into the hospital beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 6 a.m.  The screeners have been trained by Infection Prevention and Occupational Health, and Angie Sliepen will oversee the operations and staffing of all screenings. We will continue screening until further notice.

What is the screening?

If I fail, does it count as an absence? No.

If I’m late to clock in because the line for screening was long, can I fill out a green sheet? Yes.

Effective immediately, any employee traveling domestically leaving March 19, 2020, outside of St. Louis area (besides to and from home) will be asked to refrain from working for 14 days upon their return. Employees may use PTO if they have available, if not it will be unpaid leave. Employees will then be screened for symptoms prior to their return to RJ.  Any and all travel (via any mode of transportation – car, plane, train, etc) must be reported to COVID19@rankenjordan.org. If there are any special circumstances, we are happy to discuss.

Employee Travel – Effective March 16, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is discouraging airline travel, both internationally and domestically. In alignment with these guidelines, we implemented a new temporary travel policy.

PTO Temporary Policy Change – Effective March 16, 2020

We understand the COVID-19 spread may result in missed work due to illness, child care, travel, and more. To support our employees and their time, we will TEMPORARILY allow employees to borrow up to one weeks’ worth of PTO (based on FTE status) if they choose (versus taking unpaid time off). This temporary change is effective now through April 12, 2020, at which time we will re-evaluate depending on the need.   Our ESB policy is still in effect with no changes.  Plan details for both PTO and ESB can be found in the Employee Handbook on pages 20-24.

Employee Screening – Effective Jan. 30, 2020

Sick Policies – Reminder (Effective always)

Please use the screening guide as a tool to determine if you are not able to work due to illness.  Workforce should be fever free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducers such as Tylenol or Motrin. Please also follow your departments regular call in procedure.  It is imperative that we receive information regarding your symptoms so that we can collect and track illnesses across the hospital to watch for trends to best protect our fragile patient population and our workforce.

Community Benefits for Healthcare Workers

Helpful Resources

View Our Screening Guide

COVID-19 Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns please visit our FAQs page or reach out to us by clicking the button below

Infection Prevention Team

Dr. Duha Al-Zubeidi 
​​​​​​​314-872-6590    
Duha.Al-Zubeidi@rankenjordan.org

Melanie Hubert, RN
314-872-6528
melanie.hubert@rankenjordan.org