Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Delta Specialty Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Delta Specialty Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Heroin Deaths on the Rise in Memphis

Delta Specialty Hospital is the preferred provider of inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare treatment in Memphis, TN.

Like many other communities in the southern United States, Memphis, Tennessee has seen a drastic spike in opioid-related deaths in recent years.

According to a Feb. 29, 2016 article in The Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) has encountered more than 260 heroin overdose cases, 75 of which resulted in death. This shocking statistic translates to an 800% increase in heroin-related deaths since 2011.

Why Heroin? Why Now?

Public health officials and law enforcement agencies in Tennessee are working to uncover the reason for the spike in heroin use that is causing a tragic loss of life across the state so that they can better equip themselves to address the problem.

What has been uncovered is a direct correlation between efforts to stop the prescription opioid abuse epidemic and the rise in heroin abuse. In light of the staggering rates at which Tennesseans are abusing prescription painkillers, new initiatives have been developed to educate the public about the dangers of opioid abuse. Further, doctors are being encouraged to limit the amount of prescriptions they write for these substances, and are now armed with a statewide database that monitors the amount of prescriptions a patient has at any given time.

The results of these efforts have led to a reduction in the number of individuals who are consuming prescription opioids for illicit purposes in Tennessee. However, when an opioid-dependent person can no longer obtain his or her drug of choice in doctors’ offices, he or she may turn to heroin as a replacement. This course of action is directly related to the acute uptick seen in rates of heroin abuse throughout Shelby County and across Tennessee.

“You can’t really talk about heroin without talking about this, one of the things that’s fueling this heroin uptick or epidemic is the prescription drug abuse,” Ed Stanton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, said in the Feb. 26 Commercial Appeal article. “A lot of times, we see teens get these drugs like hydrocodone or OxyContin from the drug cabinet of a family member. They can’t afford to pay for the pills that cost from $5 to $35 per pill, and come over and buy heroin for $7 or $12 a pack. This heroin is very pure and potent, that’s where were are seeing a number of overdoses of epic proportions, not only here in West Tennessee but throughout the country.”

Memphis Responds

To combat this dangerous trend, the Shelby County District Attorney’s office has hired a special prosecutor who will be focusing solely on the heroin epidemic.

In addition, there is new legislation in place that allows law enforcement to charge anyone selling heroin that has resulted in an overdose with second degree murder. Increased preventative measures and strict penalties will hopefully combine to reduce the amount of heroin being consumed in Memphis and the surrounding areas.

At Delta Specialty Hospital, client care and well being comes first and foremost always. The entire staff has incredible compassion for all who come in for help. They made my experience the best it could be.

– Former Patient
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