As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads throughout our state, OSU Medicine frontline health care workers and researchers are working tirelessly to combat this health crisis in Oklahoma. OSU Medicine has extended its resources to serve Oklahomans during this time of need. Whether it’s taking care of COVID-19 stricken patients, stepping up to address the shortage in diagnostic testing, or sharing COVID-19 best practices with rural providers and educators, many of our Cowboys are rising to the challenge of serving and caring for Oklahomans during this challenging time for our state and nation. Below are some of the efforts underway to help address the outbreak in Oklahoma.
OSU Medicine is utilizing its Project ECHO platform to share COVID-19 knowledge, information and best practices with physicians and medical professionals statewide. Three times each week, OSU Medicine host COVID-19 ECHO video clinics using the Zoom platform. Attendance ranges from 300 to 1,000 participants per session. During these ECHO clinics, the clinical teams at OSU Medicine share best practices for COVID-19 diagnosis, testing and treatment. OSU Medicine also brings together state officials and health care leaders to update ECHO participants on COVID-19 related policy decisions such as PPE inventory management, testing criteria, elective procedures and hospital surge planning.
In addition to the COVID-19 ECHO service line, we are also leveraging our ECHO platform to support common education efforts in Oklahoma. Three education ECHO service lines have been established to share best practices and distance learning information with educators across our state who are working with limited resources.
If you would like to learn more or participate in Project ECHO, click here.
These efforts are requiring advanced technology, specialists and support staff to provide relevant and timely information. If you are interested in supporting the Project ECHO efforts in Oklahoma, please click the Give Now button below. Your gift to Project ECHO will allow OSU Medicine to direct private support to help increase the ECHO bandwidth and better serve all Oklahomans.
Support Frontline Health Care Workers
Our frontline health care workers at the OSU Medical Center and OSU Medicine Clinics are working day after day to help diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients. Our physicians, residents and nurses in our clinic system care for patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. Our clinical teams at OSU Medical Center treat patients with severe and acute cases of COVID-19. Our health care providers work long hours and put themselves at risk for contracting COVID-19, but they know that Oklahomans are counting on them to save lives.
Our health care providers are in need of food, personal protective equipment and access to temporary lodging to reduce the risk that they expose their family members to the virus. If you would like help support our health care workers, please consider donating by clicking the Give Now button below.
Dr. Earl Blewett, associate professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology at OSU Medicine, is conducting research on the seven strains of coronavirus that can infect humans. The work includes rapidly testing compounds to determine if they will inhibit the coronavirus infection. This research may find more immediate solutions as well as serve as a breakthrough in stopping future outbreaks of the various new strains as they develop. To learn more about this research or if you have an interest in supporting this research, please contact Annie Alexander at email@example.com
COVID-19 Testing Lab Equipment and Supplies
To meet the urgency of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, OSU Medicine teamed up with OSU’s Division of Research to set up the OSU Diagnostics Laboratory. Our testing lab was the first in Oklahoma capable of conducting COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Before the OSU Diagnostic Lab was up and running, most the state’s COVID-19 diagnostic testing were sent to out-of-state commercial labs.
The OSU Diagnostics Laboratory can process up to 2,000 tests per day, which has helped reduce the backlog in testing frustrating Oklahomans. Because of OSU, Oklahomans no longer have to wait up to 14 days to receive their test results. Now, the OSU Diagnostics Lab can get Oklahomans their test results in a 24 to 48 hours. The OSU Diagnostics Lab has been responsible for 30% of diagnostic testing that has taken place in Oklahoma. That’s an extraordinary percentage and a statistic that our Cowboy family can be proud of.
OSU’s Division of Research and OSU Medicine have purchased equipment and supplies to increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity. To learn more, or to help support our researchers and staff who are aiding in this crisis, please contact Annie Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts to the COVID-19 General Response Fund will be used to address the needs of health care workers at OSU Medical Center and OSU Medicine Clinics, to enhance our research capabilities to combat the virus, and to support emerging areas of greatest needs. Please click the Give Now button if you would like to support the overall efforts at OSU Center for Health Sciences to combat COVID-19. The general COVID-19 option is on the drop down box.
During these trying times, health care supplies and equipment are needed now more than ever. Items can be donated at OSU Center for Health Sciences campus at 1111 W. 17th St., Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note, when delivering donated items, the use of a face mask and gloves are recommended to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Needed items include:
- Sanitizers and Wipes (#1 need)
- Face Masks (N100, P100, R100, N99, P99, R99, N95, P95 and R95)
- Hand-sewn masks
- Hand sanitizer
- Bleach wipes
- Disinfectant wipes
- Nitrile gloves
- Eye protection
- Impermeable gowns
- Touchless thermometers
If dropping off a large donation, please contact Chris Young at 918-561-1209 or email at email@example.com.
For additional ways to help during this difficult time, please visit osugiving.com.