As many of you know, with the outbreak of COVID-19, healthcare professionals around the world are experiencing supply disruption on many necessary PPE products. We understand the importance of those products to the maintain your practices and we are working alongside our vendors to make those products available to our members.
At this time, we are not able to give a time frame on supply resumption but our members will be the first to know when those high demand items such as face masks, disinfectants, soaps, and thermometry products are available.
However, we do have hand sanitizer available and can be ordered from the Talar Medical Portal here.
Protection Against COVID 19
The CDC recommends that healthcare facilities and clinicians “should prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures…” By doing this, facilities can preserve PPE supplies and safeguard their employees and patients. The following actions are highly recommended by the CDC:
- Delay all elective ambulatory provider visits
- Reschedule elective and non-urgent admissions
- Delay inpatient and outpatient elective surgical and procedural cases
- Postpone routine care
You can find helpful information on strategies to optimize the supply of PPE and equipment on the CDC website here.
We have learned that COVID 19 is a respiratory virus that is generally transmitted at close range and it`s recommended to keep a six-foot radius between people. Things you can do to help achieve this in your office are:
- If possible, ask patients to wait in their vehicles until their treatment room is ready.
- If it is not possible remove waiting room chairs, space them accordingly to force patients to stay within the recommended 6 feet radius.
- Ask that patients come without visitors unless medically necessary or if a patient is underage.
- Reduce as much face-to face encounters with patients as possible.
- Develop a protocol to screen patients for the COVID 19 symptoms upon arrival by asking probing questions and taking their temperature. A temperature of 100.4 F is considered a fever.
- Conserve high demand PPE by rescheduling elective and non-urgent patient appointments especially patients who are medically vulnerable (over 60, or have been diagnosed with heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes).
- Offer Telehealth services to your patients to treat those non-urgent patient appointments.
- It's important to wear a facemask during any interactions with patients. The CDC recommends:
- The facemask should be removed and discarded if soiled, damaged, or hard to breathe through.
- HCP must take care not to touch their facemask. If they touch or adjust their facemask, they must immediately perform hand hygiene.
- HCP should leave the patient care area if they need to remove the facemask.
There are many ways to keep your patients informed during this pandemic. The CDC website is a helpful resource for up-to-date, accurate patient information material. You can find those flyers here.
It is also a good idea to keep your patients informed on any new procedures you are implementing in your facility. It can be reassuring for medically vulnerable patients to know the specific actions physicians are taking to keep their patients safe. It will also inform them on what to expect when they arrive. You can present this information on your website, newsletter, or social media.