REGULATORY/ MEDICAL HEALTH SERVICES
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
April 21, 2020
EMS DISTRIBUTION TAMMI McCONNELL, MSN,
ORANGE COUNTY EMS DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: ADMISSIONS GUIDANCE AND TRANSFER PROCESS TO FAIRVIEW ALTERNATE CARE SITE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Attached is an admissions guidance document for the Fairview Alternate Care Site (FACS) in Costa Mesa. California State agencies and Federal partners along with State Emergency Operations Personnel are operating this site. FACS is a regional resource for hospitals and congregate living facilities such as skilled nursing facilities, assisted living or residential care congregate living sites.
As stated in the document, Fairview is available for low-acuity patients who are COVID-19 positive. Indications for transfer to FACS may include:
- Patients with no safe place to stay or quarantine
- Patients requiring low-acuity clinical care
- Patients requiring extended observation due to high-risk comorbidities, inadequate home support
The Los Angeles County Medical Alert Center (MAC) will be coordinating transfers in to Fairview from the region. Callers requesting transfer will be asked to answer screening questions, which are listed in the admissions guidance document. If the patient is accepted, MAC will arrange transportation from your facility to FACS.
In addition, sending hospitals will be asked to complete the attached Patient Information Sheet, which will go with the patient to FACS along with copies of the patient's medical record. Transferring hospitals will also agree to assist with coordination of discharge planning or repatriation when the patient is ready for discharged from FAGS
Questions may be directed to the following between the hours of 8am - 5pm:
- MAC: 866-940-4401
- FACS: 714-957-5000