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Trauma diversion over for Gwinnett Medical Center

5:47 PM, Dec 10, 2011   |    comments
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  • Gwinnett Medical Center is on "trauma bypass" as it works to recover from a computer virus.
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Lawrenceville, GA  - Gwinnett Medical Center began accepting trauma and emergency patients late Saturday afternoon for the first time since a computer virus hit on Wednesday.

"Gwinnett Medical Center has transitioned from paper records to an online system in our Emergency Departments," said Gwinnett Medical Center spokeswoman Beth Okun. "We are no longer on trauma bypass and are accepting all patients."

Okun said the decision was made by the center's trauma surgeon.

The virus, called "Silly FDC," impacted the system's "interconnectivity," forcing doctors, nurses and staff at the Lawrenceville and Duluth hospitals to put everything on paper.

"Our technical monitoring systems have shown no evidence of the virus since yesterday afternoon," Okun said in a statement.

Okun said the hospital's database systems were not affected, so patient records are safe.

Okun said it's taking longer than usual for new patients to register since everything has to be done on paper.

The virus is also affecting the pharmacy, radiology and labs, so patients may have to wait longer for test results.

"There is no compromise to care whatsoever," Okun said.

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