Updated COVID-19 Inpatient Travel Screening in Epic

For Inpatient, ED and L&D Nurses


Effective immediately, the Travel Screening activity in Epic has been updated with a revised workflow and questions in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following changes have been made:

  • The first COVID-19 screening question now asks if, within the last month, the patient has:
    • Been on ANY international travel. (Note: the list of five high-risk countries has been removed.)
    • Been exposed to anyone suspected OR confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • The symptoms verification question includes fever or lower respiratory illness (e.g. – cough, shortness of breath, pneumonia), as well as the following instructions for patients with any positive symptoms:
    • Provide the patient with a surgical mask to cover their mouth and nose.
    • Don a surgical mask and eye protection and escort the patient to the appropriate room for isolation.
    • Place the patient on droplet or airborne precautions (see algorithm precaution selection), along with contact precautions and eye protection.
    • Contact the Infection Control Practitioner.
    • Keep patient’s room door closed at all times. When entering the patient’s room don the appropriate PPE according to the COVID-19 precautions algorithm. Remove mask and eye protection after exiting the patient’s room.


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