COVID19 Office Precautions
We are doing a lot to help protect everyone who comes to the office from potential exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for COVID19. This short video summarizes, in a fun way, some of the thing we were doing during the height of the pandemic in 2020. We have revised our policies in 2022.
Something to consider that is easily overlooked we have our own building and a small parking lot. You don’t have to walk through a busy lobby, get onto a crowded elevator, or push any buttons to get into our office. You just park, take a few steps, and walk through the door.
We “telephone triage” all patients before they even come to the office. A few questions are asked. If someone with a non-urgent need to visit seems likely to have been exposed to the virus, we have them reschedule their appointment.
As always, exam rooms are sanitized before the day starts, as the day ends, and after each patient visit. We also have scheduled times during the day where staff members additionally sanitize other parts of the office, including door handles, light switches, computer keypads, and more.
As you enter the building, we ask that you wash your hands. Hand sanitizer is also available in multiple places in the office.
Masks were worn for all patient encounters in 2020 and 2021. We continue to wear masks in 2022 when we see patients who are within 2 weeks of undergoing surgery, both 2 weeks before surgery and 2 weeks after. Additionally, we wear masks while visiting with any of our patients who are receiving i.v. chemotherapy treatments. If other patients prefer that we wear a mask during their visits in the office, we are happy to do that if requested. And of course, any patient who wants to wear a mask is welcome to do so at any time.
There’s no standing in line. This isn’t like going to Tom Thumb or Home Depot. At the end of a visit you wait in the exam room. A staff member individually escorts you to the check-out area, making sure there’s no one else there first. From the check-out area it’s just a few feet to the front door of the office, then a few steps to your car.
Your safety is important to us. While no private home or business can guarantee that a guest won’t ever experience a problem, we want you to know that we take thoughtful steps based on scientific studies to help minimize the risk of exposure of our patients to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.