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Isolation Meal Policy

Isolation Meal Policy

April 13, 2020

To improve the dining experience for our patients and ensure isolation meals served in disposable service-ware remain warm, we would like to partner with Sodexo to implement the use of the warming pellet as a standard for all isolation trays. This process would require the added step of removing the warming pellet from the patient tray prior to the delivery of the meal into the patient’s room. Upon removal, the warming pellet would be simply placed at the bottom or top of the meal delivery cart. This is a critical step to avoid the risk of contamination of the service-ware, since we cannot have the warming pellet sent back to the kitchen for ware washing once it has been in an isolation room.  

In the majority of our hospitals, nursing is presently delivering trays for isolation patients who are on airborne and droplet precautions and would remove the warming pellet before entering the patient room with the meal.  Our tray passers plan to help facilitate this process when meals are delivered to each unit.  

The method of using the warming pellet in conjunction with the disposable service-ware has proven successful in maintaining meal temperature recently during downtime procedures for new dishwasher installations at both MGUH and MWHC.

The method of using the warming pellet in conjunction with the disposable service-ware has proven successful in maintaining meal temperature recently during downtime procedures for new dishwasher installations at both MGUH and MWHC. Pictured below is an example of use of the warming pellet in conjunction with the disposable service-ware.

Pellet removal from patient tray prior to delivery