COVID-19: Cedars-Sinai Impact, Outcomes for Hospitalized Patients
This story has been updated as of Sept. 3 at 6:15 p.m. PT.
As the U.S. enters its seventh month of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cedars-Sinai is sharing key data points that highlight the impact at the medical center and the outcomes for hospitalized patients from March 1 to September 1.
During this time, Cedars-Sinai physicians, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals treated nearly 900 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. This figure represents 5% of the total number of hospitalized patients Cedars-Sinai cared for at the medical center.
In these months, Cedars-Sinai treated more than 18,500 non-COVID-19 patients in the hospital — performing medically necessary surgeries and transplants, delivering babies and helping others manage conditions such as diabetes and cancer. This occurred even as the medical center temporarily postponed many surgeries in the spring in anticipation of a surge that did not materialize.
Because of careful planning and management of resources, Cedars-Sinai has bed and staff capacity to care for all patients and is ready for a surge should it occur.
Cedars-Sinai has delivered strong results for COVID-19 patients since the medical center began tracking numbers in early March.
Among COVID-19 patients who were admitted to Cedars-Sinai and finished their course of treatment, approximately 87% have been discharged to continue their recuperation.
"We attribute these results to our extensive experience treating complex cases, meticulous care in our ICUs, the use of new and experimental therapies and a manageable volume of COVID-19 patients," said Richard V. Riggs, MD, senior vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer.
Cedars-Sinai achieved these outcomes even though the medical center cares for a disproportionate share of severely ill and older patients who are vulnerable to COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions such as hypertension, renal failure, obesity and cardiac arrhythmias. Through the beginning of September, more than a quarter of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were transferred to Cedars-Sinai from skilled nursing facilities and other acute care hospitals because they required higher levels of specialized care.
Testing in the Hospital
Cedars-Sinai continues to test all patients for COVID-19 before they undergo inpatient and select outpatient procedures. From March 1 to September 1, Cedars-Sinai administered more than 12,000 pre-procedure tests. Less than 1% of asymptomatic patients have tested positive for the virus.
Additionally, Cedars-Sinai continues to test all patients admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Department. During August, about 2,400 of these patients presented with conditions unrelated to COVID-19. Nearly 2% tested positive for the virus.
Protecting Patients and Staff
Cedars-Sinai continues to take a number of precautionary measures to ensure safety at its hospitals, offices and outpatient sites, including:
- Performing temperature checks for all those entering our facilities, including staff before the start of their shifts.
- Rapidly identifying and isolating patients with potential COVID-19 to protect patients and staff.
- Requiring masks for all employees, physicians, patients and visitors.
- Physical distancing in waiting and clinical areas.
- Limiting visitors.
- Designating specific zones for COVID-19 patients, separating them from other patients as appropriate.
- Increasing thorough cleaning and disinfection for all common areas and clinical spaces.
- Minimizing the number of staff and patients in clinical settings to ensure physical distancing, while using telemedicine options, including video visits, to provide care remotely for many medical needs.
Open and Available
Cedars-Sinai patients continue to have access to surgeries and procedures, in-person appointments at medical offices, video visits and other telehealth options.
"We urge members of the public not to delay important care they need, and we encourage anyone who is sick and in need of medical attention to contact their physician's office. It is safe to visit Cedars-Sinai for care, whether as a patient staying in our hospitals or visiting our outpatient clinics, urgent care centers, emergency rooms or other care settings," said Jeffrey A. Smith, MD, JD, MMM, executive vice president of Hospital Operations and chief operating officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.