YOUR HEALTH IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
Last Updated: April 7th 2020
We want to share that a memorandum was issued on March 19, 2020 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which states:
“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”
The guidance goes on to further define the “essential infrastructure workers” to include “physical and occupational therapists and assistants”. Their advice to our industry is to strive to stay open and treat the patient population during this pandemic. Therefore, we believe that it is our duty to try to meet this guidance and continue to care for our patients’ physical and occupational therapy needs during this time of crisis.
Since our clinics and its staff are included in the specific definition of “essential” healthcare businesses that should strive to stay open and care for patients, we intend to do just that. We are able to practice within the recommended CDC guidelines and we are following local government mandates. We are here to assist in keeping people healthy; physical and occupational therapists are essential in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. We play a key role in keeping people we can help out of physician offices and hospitals. This will not only free up the medical teams to treat those impacted by COVID-19, but also limit the exposure of those seeking care for treatment that a physical or occupational therapist can provide. For those patients who do not need surgery at this time, or if surgery has been delayed, we are here and ready to help get you better.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Preventing the Spread of Illness
As many of you may be aware, there is an emerging public health threat related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), additionally, it is also flu and respiratory disease season. Although the state of Idaho has no confirmed cases, Wright Physical Therapy is taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of these viruses and encouraging everyone to take actions to stay healthy. We are continuously keeping up to date through local and state officials and through the CDC to ensure all proper guidelines are followed.
Our clinics remain open and continue to serve our patients and communities. We continue our diligence and focus around the health and safety of our team and patients. We recommend that everyone follow simple, yet effective, everyday protection practices that remain the best way to control all communicable diseases.
Here are the steps we are taking to help to prevent infection and the spread of the virus.
- After each patient encounter, we are washing our hands with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Strategically placed equipment inside all clinics to practice safe social distancing with patient care
- Only patients and staff will be allowed in our treatment floor and waiting rooms during their treatment
- To better protect our team members and patients, we are screening each patient at check-in.
- Informational displays and precautions inside each clinic to ensure guidelines are followed
- Washing our hands after every time we cough or sneeze.
- Avoiding close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Avoiding shaking hands – Use of other non-contact methods for greeting
- Regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as; mats, treatment tables, exercise equipment, computer keyboard and mice, pens, phones, light switches, door handles, faucets, etc.
- Fully launched Telehealth and Wright at Home services to continue to treat patients in the comfort of their home.
How you can help us maintain a safe environment for yourself and our patients.
- Before you start treatment please take a minute to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin.
- If you have symptoms of any respiratory infection (e.g., cough, runny nose) please take appropriate preventive actions (e.g., wear a facemask upon entry to contain cough).
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Avoid shaking hands – Use of other non-contact methods for greeting
- If you have a fever please call to reschedule your appointment once you have been fever-free for 24 hours.
“APTA encourages PTs, PTAs, and students to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak by following CDC guidance to minimize exposure in the clinic and practice social distancing by avoiding large social gatherings. At the same time, we know that our profession plays a crucial role in the health of our society, and there are people in our communities whose health will be significantly impacted by disruption to care.” Source – https://www.apta.org/
For additional information regarding the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov. We will continue to monitor credible sources for new developments and maintain open communication with our team and patients. If you have any questions, please reach out to any of our locations.
The Staff of Wright Physical Therapy