Pain Management During COVID-19
For people who are suffering from acute or chronic body pain, whether from a disease or an injury, COVID-19 can’t be more untimely. Access to pain management care was limited due to the imposition of a lockdown.
Current COVID-19 Status
The American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) recommended to their member physiatrists to postpone all elective and non-urgent diagnostic and therapeutic intervention and to only accommodate emergency in-patient care.
While the coronavirus continues to evade the country, the situation seems to get better or plateau in some states. This has encouraged governors to re-open their state.
Getting Our Practice Ready
Emergency Care and Treatment
The practice can accommodate in-office care for patients who have emergency needs with respect to their pain conditions. We assess whether a situation is an emergency according to our judgment and the CDC guidelines.
If your condition is life-threatening or debilitating then it is considered an emergency. Contact your us or your physician immediately.
Virtual Consults through Telemedicine
So, for non-emergent or urgent medical conditions, telemedicine is the most advisable means to get continued care.
Preparing the Practice to Open up/ In-Office Care
In-office care would rely on the patient’s clinical needs based on the doctor’s sound judgment. In such cases, surgical or procedural care and complex chronic disease should be given priority. Preventive care can also be given when highly necessary.
Screening for COVID-19
Practices should have the ability to screen their staff and patients prior to proceeding to the office. They should be able to deter anyone who has COVID-like symptoms to come to the office. Routine checks should be conducted for facility workers and staff. Patients should undergo pre-screening for COVID-19.
Wearing of PPE
Wearing surgical face masks and gloves is a must. For procedures with a higher risk of aerosol transmission, N95 masks and face shields should be used. Likewise, patients and visitors should wear face masks during office visits.
If you need face masks, don’t hesitate to call our neighbor, Carolina Pharmacy.
Observing Physical Distancing and Other Safety Measures
Maintain low patient volumes and space chairs at least 6 feet apart. A separate room should be provided for screening patients and visitors. Visitors shouldn’t be allowed unless they are necessary for patient care.
Regular cleaning and disinfection should be done prior to using spaces or facilities in the office. Equipment used in procedures should be sterilized before, during and after treatment.
Keeping Your Safety & Best Interest
Advanced Sports & Spine in Charlotte has your best interest at heart. Your safety is our top priority.
We have established virtual consultations so we can continue your treatment. We also accommodate emergencies.
Advanced Sports & Spine Preparing for In-Patient Care
Advanced Sports & Spine is finally ready to re-open for in-patient care. We have our systems and procedures in place, abiding by the policies set by CDC, the state board and the local government. Rest assured that your visit to Advanced & Sports and Spine will be safe.