Archive | May, 2020

Lexington Medical Center and DHEC to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing

At the request of Senator Katrina Shealy, Lexington Medical Center and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control are working together to provide free COVID-19 testing at White Knoll High School in Lexington County on Tuesday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The free testing is open to everyone. Individuals do not need to have symptoms. No appointments are necessary.

Community members who would like to be tested for COVID-19 should drive to the entrance of parking lot “C” at White Knoll High School, located at 5643 Platt Springs Road. Clinicians will administer the tests in a drive-thru format. Patients do not need to get out of their cars.

Testing for COVID-19 involves a nasopharyngeal swab, where a clinician places a special 6-inch cotton swap up both sides of the nose and rotates it around for about 15 seconds. DHEC is providing the test kits, which will go to third party laboratories for processing.

Lexington Medical Center and DHEC are thankful for the support of the Midlands community throughout the coronavirus pandemic as they work to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Further questions about testing should be directed to DHEC at www.scdhec.gov or (803) 898-3432.

Don’t Delay Treatment During COVID-19

Lexington Medical Center is one of many hospitals across the country that has seen a drop in Emergency department visits during the COVID-19 pandemic for patients experiencing everything from chest pain to stroke symptoms. While concerns about catching the coronavirus during a trip to the doctor are understandable, it’s important not to delay medical attention for serious issues.

“Our volumes have decreased from an average of 265 to 190 per day, roughly a third,” said Daniel Avosso, MD, medical director of Lexington Medical Center’s Emergency department.

Thankfully, the most notable decrease is in patients with non-life-threatening issues such as minor orthopaedic injuries, dental pain and migraines.

“However, sadly we’ve also seen a good number of patients who are quite ill choose to stay home as well,” Dr. Avosso added.

He emphasizes that patients should come to the Emergency department for treatment if they feel it’s needed, and to not be dissuaded by COVID-19. If patients believe their issues are minor, they can consider telemedicine or contacting their primary care physician.

All Lexington Medical Center physician practices now offer telehealth visits through a computer or mobile device. And, Lexington Medical Center patients with an LMC MyChart account can request an e-visit with a provider.

It’s also perfectly safe to keep an appointment for an annual physical, lab work or mammogram.

Lexington Medical Center has many safety measures in place throughout the hospital’s network of care. Patients are using designated entrances to minimize contact with others. Staff members are checking temperatures of every employee, patient and visitor upon arrival. All employees, patients and visitors are required to wear a mask while in a Lexington Medical Center facility. If a patient does not have a mask, one will be provided for them. Staff members are spacing out appointments, procedures and waiting areas to practice proper social distancing. A restrictive visitation policy remains in effect at the hospital and physician practices. COVID-19 patients are seen in dedicated rooms.

Learn How to Save a Life in the Event of Injury

Injury is a major public health problem. In the United States, injury accounts for over 150,000 deaths and over 3 million non-fatal injuries each year. By knowing how to respond effectively to an injury that involves significant bleeding, you can save a life.

As a Level III Trauma Center, Lexington Medical Center is committed to educating our community with this life-saving information as part of the national STOP THE BLEED® campaign. The campaign was developed by military, fire, medical, and police experts after the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in 2017 with the goals of training every American in basic bleeding control techniques and placing bleeding control kits in every public venue.

STOP THE BLEED focuses on providing community members with the tools and knowledge needed to control hemorrhage and save lives through a one-hour Bleeding Control Basic (BCON) Course.
Lexington Medical Center is proud to offer this important course to our community to schools, churches, civic groups and others.

Participants learn to save lives by knowing how to take three simple actions to stop serious bleeding:
1. Apply pressure with hands
2. Apply dressing and press
3. Apply tourniquet, and remember to always dial 9-1-1 first!

For more information and to schedule a course for your group, contact Era Lanham, Lexington Medical Center Trauma Program Coordinator, at eglanham@lexhealth.org.

As we recognize May as Trauma Awareness Month and National STOP THE BLEED month, the campaign’s motto is most resounding — The only thing more tragic than a death from severe bleeding, is if that death could have been prevented.

We hope you will join us so you can learn to help save a life.