As healthcare providers and members of the community, Palliative Medicine Consultants holds the safety and trust of the patients we serve, their families, and our staff as our highest priority.
COVID-19 causes a respiratory illness that tends to be more severe in elders with multiple and severe chronic conditions. We request that you follow the CDC guidelines to protect your health and those around you. To do so:
- Wash your hands frequently for about 20 seconds with soap and water. Although there is a shortage of alcohol base hand sanitizers in store, please remember that SOAP and WATER is still THE BEST DEFENSE to the virus.
- Cough or sneeze on your elbow or tissue, not your hands (dispose of the tissue afterwards and wash your hands)
- Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
- Avoid crowded places
- Stay home if you are sick
- If you have symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath, seek medical attention but call your primary physician first.
- Stay informed of the latest information.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
We are aware that patients with low immune systems are highly susceptible to COVID-19. That is why we are taking strict precautions when a patient visits the office.
Palliative Medicine Consultants is providing telehealth visits. Please be sure to call the office at (301) 527 4070 to schedule your appointment beforehand.
In light of the confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, we remain committed to following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal, State, and local Health Departments to ensure we are taking comprehensive and appropriate actions when needed.
At present, our clinical and administrative staff follow a strict protection protocol that includes:
- Constant communication with CDC and Department of Health departments and strict adherence of recommendations
- Continuing our steady practice of handwashing for 20 seconds
- Screening of patients and visitors for acute respiratory illness
- Ensuring proper use of personal protection equipment when appropriate
- Requiring sick employees to stay home
- Additional communications reminding our staff and contracted services to share BIG SMILES and not handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs
This protocol will also include:
- Additional cleaning and sanitizing of handrails, door handles, surfaces and common areas
- Offering flexible time so employees who are unwell can continue to work from home
- Offering opportunities for employees to stay home if a member of their family is sick
- Consider other methods of communication and meeting to avoid close contact
- Limiting unnecessary visits to patients from team members
- Asking patients to limit their outside visitors
- Making sure that patients have the necessary amounts of medicine and supplies
- Making sure that patients receive the least amount of deliveries from providers
The CDC has published a website with the latest information. You can visit at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html and you can always reach out to our office if you have any questions.
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