Safety Measures & Prevention
Help Stop Coronavirus
There is a lot we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from
COVID-19. Following social distancing guidelines, paying extra attention
to hand hygiene, and wearing a facemask have all been shown to reduce
the risk of infection.
Each of us has a part to play in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Staying at home when possible, keeping a safe distance, washing your hands
often, and wearing a facemask when in public are some of the key steps.
Wash Your Hands Frequently. Proper handwashing technique removes germs. Wash often.
Avoid Touching Your Face. Your hands accumulate germs. Touching your face, mouth or eyes can transfer
the germs to you.
Cover Your Cough or Sneeze. Use a tissue to cover your cough, then dispose of it. Or, cough into
your upper sleeve.
Stay Home When You Are Sick. COVID-19 spreads person to person. Stay home from work and don’t
run errands when you’re ill.
Avoid Close Contact With Those Who Are Sick. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate anyone in your
household with COVID-19 symptoms from others.
Clean and Disinfect Frequently Touched Items. Use a disinfectant on tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops,
handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Simple and Effective
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19. Wet your
hands with running water, warm or cold. Lather the backs of your hands,
between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub for at least
20 seconds. Rinse and dry your hands.
How to Clean and Disinfect
Hard Surfaces. Wear disposable gloves; discard afterward. Common household cleaners and
disinfectants should be sufficient. Or, use diluted bleach (5 Tablespoons
per gallon of water).
Linens & Clothing. Wear disposable gloves if handling laundry from an ill person. Do not
shake laundry and wash in the warmest appropriate setting for the items.
Electronics. Follow the manufacture’s cleaning instructions for phones, tablets,
remote controls, and keyboards. Or, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays
containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry thoroughly.
The Jupiter Medical Center team has developed and implemented a comprehensive
plan to screen, isolate and treat COVID-19 patients while continuing to
provide the highest quality care for our patients who need medically necessary
Here are highlights of the comprehensive measures we have taken so that
we may provide vital healthcare services to our community and protect
our patients and team member from COVID-19.
Preparing in Advance
Jupiter Medical Center began preparing in January to receive COVID-19 patients
and to protect our other patients and team members from this new virus.
We were one of the first hospitals in our region to implement CDC guidelines
for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients.
To prepare our staff, we conducted multidisciplinary training drills for
screening, diagnosing, isolating and treating potential cases of COVID-19.
Training included the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
in accordance with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
recommended guidelines. We also established an Incident Command Center
to streamline communications and provide administrative oversight to manage
treatment, clinical staffing and the allocation of rooms, equipment and supplies.
Thermal Temperature Screening
Jupiter Medical Center uses Care.ai facial scanning systems to conduct
thermal temperature screening at facility entry points. The sensors check
the body temperature of anyone entering the hospital, including patients,
vendors, physicians and all team members. The sensors are positioned at
each entrance to identify anyone with a fever, accurately and with no
contact between patients and staff.
To reduce the potential of COVID-19 spread, Jupiter Medical Center also
implemented a “no visitor” policy, with some exceptions, including
pediatric and labor & delivery patients. Hospice visits are allowed
on a limited basis. The visitor policy changes were not made lightly,
as we understand that spending time with family and friends is of great
comfort to our patients when they are ill or being treated for a medical
Rigorous Cleaning and Disinfection
In addition to our already rigorous infection prevention procedures, we
have implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces
and in all patient areas. Our Environmental Services team continues to
round patient care areas three times each day to clean and disinfect high-touch
areas. We are also using Tru-D SmartUVC ultra-violet disinfection robots,
which inactivate viruses and other pathogens on surfaces.
Virtual Care From the Comfort of Home
With Care Anywhere, connect with a
Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care provider from the comfort of home, using your mobile device or your desktop
computer. Care Anywhere telehealth consultations are available 7 days a week.
Accelerated Testing for Hospitalized Patients
Jupiter Medical Center uses a new respiratory panel permitted by the FDA
under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), to test patients for COVID-19,
flu and other respiratory pathogens immediately upon admission to the
The new testing advancement allows Jupiter Medical Center providers to
rule out a patient for COVID-19 infection in less than one hour. This
enables our providers to make treatment recommendations for our patients
more rapidly, ensuring they receive the best care for their illness or
condition. Jupiter Medical Center can also test for antibodies to COVID-19.
Antibody tests are used to detect previous COVID-19 exposures.