ThedaCare Thanks Team Members and Communities for Continued Support of COVID-19 Services

ThedaCare Thanks Team Members and Communities for Continued Support of COVID-19 Services

Updates COVID-Related Care Options to Move Forward Safely, Together   After more than two years of navigating a global pandemic, COVID numbers continue to decline overall. Our communities are taking a moment to catch our collective breath and begin our path toward healing and moving forward safely.   “As we get to this promising milestone, ThedaCare would like to thank patients, families and community members for their support throughout this pandemic,” said Imran A. Andrabi, MD, President and CEO of ThedaCare. “From food donations to helping us secure necessary PPE at the beginning, to rallying with us, encouraging masking and safe vaccinations,...

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ThedaCare Updates Visitor Restrictions

ThedaCare Updates Visitor Restrictions

Precautions Continue to Protect Patients, Team Members and Communities  During the most recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the region, ThedaCare implemented heightened visitor restrictions across the health system to continue caring for our communities, while minimizing the potential for exposure to the virus.   Due to a decline of COVID-19 cases in our communities, ThedaCare is now in a position to allow additional visitor options throughout the system. Non-COVID patients will now be permitted to have two essential visitors at a time during normal visiting hours.   Current age restrictions remain in place, and screeners will continue to be present at...

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ThedaCare Continues Effective Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment for COVID-19

ThedaCare Continues Effective Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment for COVID-19

Team Member Dedication Supports Successful Program    As another surge of COVID-19 infections began to develop in Northeast and Central Wisconsin in the fall of 2021, ThedaCare went into action to help community members diagnosed with the virus through Monoclonal antibody treatments.     Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) can help prevent or reduce hospitalization, reduce viral loads and lessen the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) gave emergency use authorization (EUA) to mAbs for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at high risk of developing a serious infection.     “Monoclonal antibodies are effective when given early in the course...

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Can Weight Loss Surgery Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

Can Weight Loss Surgery Help in the Fight Against COVID-19?

From improving heart health to lowering a person’s diabetes risk, weight loss surgery can offer a variety of known benefits for people with obesity. And now a new study suggests another possible benefit: having weight loss surgery may help better prepare you to fight COVID-19 if you become infected with the virus.      About the Research  This study, published in JAMA Surgery, involved over 20,000 patients with a BMI (body mass index) of 35 or higher. About 25% of those patients had weight loss surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic started (from 2004 to 2017). The other 75% of patients used...

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ThedaCare Implements Updated Visitor Restrictions

ThedaCare Implements Updated Visitor Restrictions

Precautions Taken to Minimize Impact of COVID-19 and Protect Communities  Over the last several weeks, local communities saw a sharp rise in the number of people who needed inpatient hospital care, followed by a decline in the number of patients admitted, due to the omicron COVID surge. During that surge, ThedaCare implemented heightened visitor restrictions and safety precautions to allow team members to care for communities, while minimizing the potential for exposure.  At this time, ThedaCare can safely manage our communities’ COVID-19 cases and is in a position to allow additional visitor options throughout the system.   “We appreciate the community’s...

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ThedaCare Offers Effective Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment for COVID-19

ThedaCare Offers Effective Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Treatment for COVID-19

Monoclonal antibodies are currently one of the most effective treatments for COVID-19 infections, significantly reducing the incidence of hospitalization and the severity of symptoms when administered within seven days of the onset of symptoms. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) authorized their use beginning in the fall of 2020.   “Monoclonal antibodies have been used for years in the treatment of a variety diseases,” said Montgomery Elmer, MD, Interim Medical Director of Primary Care for ThedaCare. “After the FDA authorized emergency use of the treatment for COVID-19, ThedaCare began offering it shortly after. In 2021, as we saw another COVID surge...

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At-Home Testing

Four Quick Facts About At-Home COVID-19 Testing  As COVID-19 continues to spread across our community, many people are looking for a quick way to know if they have the virus. Taking an at-home antigen COVID-19 test—also known as an over-the-counter test or self-test—can help you determine if you can go to work, attend an event, or take your trip. Here are four things to keep in mind about at-home COVID-19 tests.  At-home antigen COVID-19 tests are different than in-person PCR tests. “A rapid COVID-19 test detects molecules on the surface of the virus, which are called antigens. PCR tests, which...

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ThedaCare to Resume Surgeries

ThedaCare to Resume Surgeries

Teams Responding and Adapting to Provide Care for Communities  The omicron COVID surge has led to an increased number of positive cases in the region. As predicted, local communities saw a sharp rise in the number of people who needed inpatient hospital care, followed by a decline in the number of patients admitted, a trend that will likely continue in the upcoming weeks. Because of the tireless work of our physicians, nurses and caregivers, ThedaCare can safely manage our communities’ COVID-19 cases and is in a position to begin resuming non-urgent elective surgeries, which where paused on Monday, January 17,...

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ThedaCare Implementing Heightened Visitor Restrictions

ThedaCare Implementing Heightened Visitor Restrictions

Masking Required, Precautions Taken to Minimize Impact of COVID-19  As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, ThedaCare will implement heightened visitor restrictions and safety precautions throughout the system. The restrictions will help team members continue to care for communities, while minimizing the potential for exposure.  Screeners will continue to be present at all ThedaCare hospitals, checking patients, visitors and team members upon entrance. Masks will continue to be required by all team members, patients and visitors in any public setting on ThedaCare campuses. This includes hallways, cafeterias, elevators, waiting rooms and all clinical areas. If...

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