UCSF Health Responds to COVID-19 Needs

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UCSF Health is actively preparing for a potential increase in patients arriving at our hospitals due to COVID-19.

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UCSF Health nurses Stessi Cattrell (left) and Lisa Mogannam on March 7 work to set up one of the Accelerated Care Unit at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights location. Photo by Noah Berger

As part of our preparation, we have erected two specialized structures, known as Accelerated Care Units (ACUs), outside our hospital at Parnassus Heights. These ACUs use specialized air pressure technology to enhance our infection control and prevention protocols and are fully stocked with medical supplies and diagnostic testing equipment.
Neither structure is expected to be used for inpatient care. One is being used to triage patients with respiratory illnesses, to determine who needs to be hospitalized and who can safely be sent home. The second ACU is set up as a short-term treatment facility, to provide medications and testing for patients who require care without hospitalization.
In addition, UCSF Health is actively setting up respiratory screening clinics at three sites on our campuses. One site opened March 10 at Parnassus Heights; others will follow at our Mount Zion and Mission Bay sites. These clinics will offer additional capabilities for screening patients who come to our campus with respiratory illnesses, to make sure they receive the appropriate care. While UCSF Health currently has limited testing available on campus, we hope to be able to increase that capacity in the coming days and weeks to meet the increasing demand and provide testing in our screening clinics, as well.

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