Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Coronavirus Health Protocols for Patients & Staff
In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff.
Our practice strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more.
Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly. In order to accomplish this most effectively during the Coronavirus epidemic, our Practice is following the protocols detailed below.
- We will be screening patients as they enter our facility. If patients show any signs of respiratory distress (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), they will be sent home immediately and instructed to call their Primary Care Physicians. Any patients who call our office to question if they should come in for their appointment or surgery due to illness will be told that they need to reschedule until they are free of symptoms and fever greater than 99.1 Fahrenheit for greater than 24 hours.
Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Our staff, doctors, and managers are well trained in the effective use of PPE and hand washing techniques recommended by OSHA and the CDC. Our doctors and staff wear masks and gloves when treating all patients. All members of our team will continue to follow these protective guidelines to prevent cross contamination, as they have continuously done.
- Our team washes their hands often and in between all patients with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol and/or washes their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Sterilization and Disinfection
- Our office has necessities for sterilization of our instruments and equipment as well as disinfection of our treatment rooms and all patient areas.
- We clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs with a medical grade cleaning agent, following the directions on the label.
- Disposable wipes are provided to our team so that surfaces can immediately be wiped down if contaminated by someone who is showing symptoms of illness.
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness will be told to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever.
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness will be told to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100°F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
- If an employee comes to work with acute respiratory symptoms or develops those symptoms while at work, he or she will be required to see his or her primary care physician for screening. A note from the employee’s physician will be required in order to return to work.
- Any and all areas that the sick employee had worked in will be immediately disinfected with a medical grade cleaning agent.
We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.