Scheduling & Visitor RestrictionsWe will be rescheduling some patient appointments and procedures in an effort to protect our patients and staff. Conserving personal protective equipment helps us prioritize the needs of those who may require immediate care. Adjustments to scheduled procedures and appointments will be made as requested by the physician, patient or as required by official local or national public health authorities. We will contact you directly if your appointment or procedure is postponed until a later date. During this time, all DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan facilities will remain open to care for patients who require in-person visits and time-sensitive care. Thank you for understanding our need to take these measures for the safety of all.
DMC sets guidelines on elective surgeries
In accordance with Governor Whitmer’s executive order (2020-17), beginning as soon as possible but no later than March 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm, the DMC will postpone all “non-essential procedures” (a medical or dental procedure that is not a medical emergency or necessary to preserve the health and safety of a patient as determined by a licensed medical provider) until the current state of emergency is lifted. Please contact your care provider for more information.
New Visitor Restrictions
For the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff effective immediately, DMC is changing its visitation policy to help to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Based on an executive order issued from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, we are not allowing visitors for most patients until further notice.
According to Executive Order (2020-07), effective today and until further notice, all health care facilities must prohibit visitors from entering their facilities unless they are necessary for providing medical care or supporting patient care activities, or visiting under exigent circumstances, such as grave illness or imminent death of a family member under care in the facility.
The ban on visitors starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 14, and runs through 5 p.m. April 5.
Exceptions may be made for certain patient groups. If you have a loved one in our care, please visit them by phone.
As patients and visitors enter the hospital in areas such as emergency department or registration, hospital staff will continue questioning all of their recent travel and symptoms, including fever or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough. If patients have these symptoms they will be given a mask and asked to call a hot line number 1-888-DMC-3370 for next steps.
Thank you for following these important guidelines.
DMC Establishes COVID-19 Information Line
The Detroit Medical Center has established an after hours COVID-19 information line that will be available from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., 7 days a week for those with questions regarding COVID-19. The number is 1-888-DMC-3370.For general information about COVID-19, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s website. Read our Memo to Patients from our CEO
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Relocates Some Appointments
DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is still providing therapy services to our patients, however some appointment locations have been changed.
COVID-19 Facts for Persons with Disabilities
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, we know there are many questions, especially from those we care for that have neurological conditions. The CDC cautions that persons with underlying medical issues, such as neurological conditions, may be at risk of serious COVID-19, regardless of age. They define neurological conditions to include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, among others.
This is a new virus and therefore there are a lot of unknowns. It is an emerging and rapidly evolving situation. What we do know, is there are some specific precautions you can take to protect yourself and reduce community transmission of the virus. Dr. Michael Ajluni, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Unit at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) and Dr. Michael Bush-Arnold, Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at RIM, provide some helpful information and guidelines for persons with disabilities.
What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019. It is a respiratory illness that can spread easily from person to person. Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. There is no coronavirus vaccine yet.
Are persons with neurological conditions at greater risk of COVID-19?
Currently those at greatest risk of infection are persons who have had close contact with a person who has symptomatic, confirmed COVID-19. It is possible, that persons with neurological conditions that impair lung function or require a ventilator, and others with immunocompromising disorders like MS, may be at risk for more severe outcomes. “Lung capacity and volume can be impaired in persons with a spinal cord injury and other types of neurological conditions,” says Dr. Bush-Arnold. “Getting a deep breath or producing a strong cough to clear your lungs of fluid or mucous, may be hampered by muscles not working as strongly as they should. Temperature control can also be an issue in some persons with neurological conditions, making a fever more difficult to control,” he adds.
What precautions should I take?
“Persons with disabilities should follow the same recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),” says Dr. Ajluni. This includes:
- Individuals at risk of severe illness should stay home and keep away from others who are sick
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. If you have limited use of your hands or arms, and reaching a sink is difficult, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth
- Avoid non-essential travel and travel to affected areas
- Cough into your elbow, do not cover your cough with your hand
- Be sure to regularly disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched like counter tops, personal devices, faucet handles, toilets and door knobs. For wheelchair users, use bleach wipes to disinfect your push rims or joy stick.
What precautions should I take if I rely on a caregiver?
For people who rely on a caregiver for daily personal assistance, COVID-19 can be especially worrisome. What if my caregiver is sick? What if my caregiver can not work? Dr. Ajluni recommends:
- Ask your caregiver to wear gloves or wash their hands every time they arrive, touch you, or provide food prep or feeding assistance
- Ask your caregiver to wear a mask if someone close to him/her is sick
- Encourage your caregiver not to come to work if they are sick
- Have a back up plan if your caregiver gets sick or the homecare agency has a shortage of providers. Are there backup attendants or family members or friends who could help with certain tasks? Prepare anyone you may need to rely on in an emergency.
- For more recommendations, visit the Center for Disability Rights
How should I be prepared?
“Maintain a supply of medications, food, medical supplies and other essentials,” says Dr. Bush Arnold. Consider alternative shopping options such as curbside pickup or online deliveries. If you have a service animal or pet, make sure you also have ample food and supplies.
What are we doing?
At DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, we are working closely with our infectious disease experts and closely monitoring guidelines from the CDC to keep our patients, staff, and community safe. Currently, we have restricted all visitors to the hospital and the DMC has set up an after hours COVID-19 hotline from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am, 7 days a week, for those who have questions. The number is 1-888-DMC-3370.
What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, isolate yourself from others and call your physician. If you don’t have a physician, call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 888-535-6136. Please DO NOT go to a clinic, urgent care or emergency room unless you need that level of care. If you do need emergent care, call ahead if possible. For general information about COVID-19, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s website at www.Michigan.gov/Coronavirus
An exception to any limited visitation policy at the hospital is patients with disabilities who require support from family members or staff in order for them to effectively communicate with medical personnel or otherwise receive equal access to medical treatment.