The Advocate Aurora Health Care System is one of the country’s top 12 not-for-profit healthcare organizations. World-class doctors, nurses, and team members redefine the standard of care through innovative solutions and exceptional results. They are committed to helping people live a good life, leading the way in their fast-paced industry.
As their access to COVID-19 testing increases, they continue to expand their testing to help patients safely receive the proper treatment at the right time, reducing the transmission of this virus. This week, they are expanding COVID-19 testing to patients undergoing urgent and emergency surgery and procedures, including scheduled cesarean sections. To make testing operational, they are introducing and, in some cases, reintroducing road test sites. Please remember that these slots are for pre-scheduled testing only and are not currently available for community testing. Doctors refer patients scheduled for procedures to triage centers as needed.
They extend restrictions on voting procedures and non-emergency outpatient visits until May 15th. In the meantime, they are evaluating communities with low COVID-19 prevalence to review lifting restrictions, considering the availability of necessary equipment, personnel, and personal protective equipment.
They continue to seek donations of convalescent plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to help patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19. Attorney Aurora now partners with the Versiti Blood Center for donations in Illinois and Wisconsin. Recovered COVID-19 patients who have tested positive on an Advocate Aurora website and an active MyAdvocateAurora portal account have received a message to verify their interest and eligibility to donate plasma through Versiti.
MyAdvocateAurora is initially targeting patients who tested positive more than 28 days ago as they do not need to be retested. An Aurora physician attorney will contact eligible patients to discuss further details. To date, 14 Advocate Aurora patients have successfully received convalescent plasma transfusions.
They were impressed with the overwhelming support and offerings from their community. As a reminder, they are seeking donations for the following items:
- Hand Sanitizer: Personal-size hand sanitizer that has not been opened. CDC guidelines. Promote the use of disinfectants that contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Disinfectant wipes: All brands of closed baby wipes are accepted.
- New Uniforms: All brands and sizes are accepted.
Leave items at the local Advocate Aurora Health Hospital at the shipping and receiving dock.