We Are Open! Here Is How We Are Handling Covid-19
We are following the CDC guidelines in order to offer a safe and clean space for our patients.
Here is what you can expect at your appointment:
- You will receive a call before your appointment and will be asked a series of questions to rule out any potential symptoms related to Covid-19. If you are experiencing any, you will be asked to wait 14 days before rescheduling.
- You will be expected to wear a mask properly while in the office.
- You will be instructed to wash your hands upon entering the office (with soap and water or hand sanitizer).
- If the two chairs in the waiting room are being used, you will be expected to wait in your car until the doctor is ready for you.
Please read the following office policies and procedures in order to understand our efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- The number of people in our office at one time will never exceed 10 (following recent VDOH restrictions).
- Patients no longer check themselves in using the check-in iPad; the office assistants will manually check in each patient upon arrival using the private front desk computer.
- Patients are instructed to wash their hands in the immediately after arriving to our office.
- The number of chairs in our waiting room has been decreased to two chairs that are at least six feet apart.
- If patients are early for their scheduled appointment time, they are instructed to wait in their car until the office assistant calls to authorize them to enter.
- To ensure proper triage management, all patients are questioned both before their appointment (via phone or email) and immediately after their arrival. If the patient answers yes to any of the following questions, their appointment would be cancelled and they would be instructed to immediately contact their PCP by phone for further medical evaluation. They will be contacted in two weeks for an update on their health status and assess when to schedule future chiropractic appointments.
- Has the patient traveled within the last 14 days to any country or region of outbreak?
- Have they potentially been exposed to Covid-19 via recent
travel or contact with an infected person?
- Are they currently experiencing – or have they experienced
in the last 14 days – any of the following symptoms:
productive cough, non‐ productive cough, bronchitis,
respiratory infection, sore throat, fever, nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea, severe fatigue not associated with travel, myalgia
- If an asymptomatic patient claims to have had contact with Covid- 19, our staff will stay in contact with the patient to see if they develop any symptoms over a 14-day period after their appointment. Also, we will monitor if any of our staff develops any of the following: productive cough, non‐productive cough, bronchitis, respiratory infection, sore throat, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe fatigue not associated with travel, myalgia and arthralgia. Each staff members’ temperature will be checked and recorded twice daily as a precaution. Anything over 100.5 degrees F would be important to note.
- If a patient presents with symptoms related to Covid-19 or claims to have been tested positive and is experiencing symptoms, our office staff will follow the following recommendations (CDC).
- Our staff will clean the treatment table surfaces, door handles, and chairs using the EPA’s guidelines on how to disinfect after each adjustment
Staff and Patient Hygiene Procedures
As instructed by the CDC, all staff uses an alcohol-based hand rub or wash
with soap and water for the following clinical indications:
- Immediately before touching a patient
- Before moving from work on a soiled body site to a clean body site
on the same patient
- After touching a patient or the patient’s immediate environment
- After contact with blood, body fluids, or contaminated surfaces
- Requires that all healthcare personnel perform hand hygiene in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Ensures that all healthcare personnel perform hand hygiene with
soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Ensure that supplies necessary for adherence to hand hygiene are
readily accessible in all areas where patient care is being delivered.