COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 INFECTION CONTROL & SAFETY PROCEDURES:

Appointment dates and times:

·        I will see only one patient at a time, in the “green room” (my main treatment room), while the “blue room” serves as my back-office and will hold extra PPE, dirty laundry, paper work, medical records and overstock.

 

·        Patients will be spaced two hours apart, to allow for disinfecting between patients.

·        Appointment times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. We can arrange for 8:30 a.m. instead of 9 a.m., and for 4:30 or 5 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. by request.

·        I give preference to older or high-risk patients at the early morning time slot.

 

·        I will see patients 3 days / week. The days vary, as I work in my hospital job 2 days / week. Open dates for May and June are:

Mon 5/11, 9 a.m. or 2 p.m.; Tue 5/12, Wed 5/13.

Mon 5/18, Tue 5/19, Thu 5/21.

Mon 5/25, Wed 5/27, Thu 5/28.

Tue 6/2, Wed 6/3 afternoon only, Fri 6/5.

Mon 6/8, Thu 6/11, Fri 6/12.

Tue 6/16, Wed 6/17, Fri 6/19.

Mon 6/22, Thu 6/25, Fri 6/26.

If you want to make an appointment, please call, text or e-mail with your first and second choice. Let me know if you need to move the first or last time slot.

 

Pre-screening and escorting:

·        DO NOT COME IN IF

o   You have travelled outside Maine and not quarantined for at least 14 days.

o   You have had unprotected exposure to a known or suspected covid-19 patient

o   You have a fever, feel feverish, or have chills

o   You have a cough

o   You have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

o   You have NEW diarrhea, sore throat, body aches not otherwise explained

o   You have lost sense of smell or taste

If these symptoms arise the day of your appointment, please cancel and let me know.

There are no cancellation fees.

 

·        YOU MUST WEAR A MASK to your appointment. You may wear your own mask or cloth face covering, or you will be issued a KN95 mask or surgical mask which you may keep.

·        Bring only essential personal belongings into the building (wallet, phone, keys).

·        If possible, wear lose clothing that can easily be pulled up to knees and elbows (like sweatpants), with a tank top or boxer shorts underneath if I need to get to these areas.

 

·        STAY IN YOUR CAR until I escort you into the building. We are not using the waiting room.

I will meet you at your appointed time. You may text me to 207-838-2413 upon arrival.

·        If two family members travel together or back-to-back appointments, one must wait in the car until it is their turn. Luckily, it is warm enough now. Bring entertainment.

·        AT YOUR CAR, roll down your window: I will ask screening questions, take your temperature with a no-touch thermometer, look at your tongue, offer hand sanitizer and issue your mask.

·        Inside the building, please remove your coat / jacket and shoes in the hallway.

 

Treatment:

·        IN THE TREATMENT ROOM, a chair and small table are the designated patient area for your clothing and personal belongings. The water dispenser is in that area for hydration. No need to bring in your own water bottle. Please touch only that area and the treatment table. Those areas will be disinfected between each patient visit.

·        You will be asked to keep your mask on during treatment unless this causes you difficulty breathing. If face-down position is too difficult with mask on, I can treat you lying on side.

·        I will be wearing scrubs and a mask and use gloves for some procedures.

 

Setting:

·        I have removed many non-essential and hard-to-clean items from the treatment room.

·        All areas and items touched by patients or myself will be disinfected between patients. This includes all door handles, light switches, sanitizer dispensers etc.

·        Weather permitting, I will also open windows to air out.

·        My landlords have graciously agreed to reserve the bathroom for mine and patient use.

 

Payment:

·        I prefer non-cash payment. If you must pay with cash, no change will be given, but future credit will be issued. You may place your cash into a closed mason jar.

·        If you pay with a credit card, I will run your card without signature and wipe it clean.

·        Personal checks are okay.

 

 

I hope you find these new procedures re-assuring rather than confusing and overwhelming.

We all have to get used to new routines to keep ourselves and each other safe.

What will NOT CHANGE is that you will be treated with the utmost care, skill and compassion.

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