Planning, preparing, and responding to COVID-19

by Tom Snee, University News Service

Even on his most routine days, Jorge Salinas, MD, had to keep a lot of balls in the air. An epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Salinas leads a team of epidemiologists who put in place policies and protocols that reduce the likelihood patients will contract infections while being cared for in a UI Health Care facility. Most of the time, those are likely to be such maladies as urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, or blood infections from central line insertions.

But in January, a new and very large ball was added to his juggling, that being COVID-19 and its impact on the university’s health care facilities on campus and across the region.

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