If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid 19, has been exposed to a Covid19 patient or has traveled recently to an epidemic area, we ask that you stay home. Those who have tested positive for Covid19 will be required to test negative before scheduling an appointment. If any of the situations described above is applicable to you, our late cancellation fees will not apply.
New Clinic Requirements
We are instituting new policies and procedures based on guidance from the Maryland Public Health Dept, CDC, OSHA and the CCAOM. These policies and procedures may change at any time, so please bookmark this link.
Patients will be required to don a face mask prior to entering the building and keep the mask on during the treatment.
Patients are required to maintain social distancing in the building and the waiting room–there is plenty of room to do this. We are also staggering patient appointments to avoid patients congregating in the waiting room. Unless you require the assistance of a caregiver, we ask that you come to your appointment alone.
When you arrive you will be given hand sanitizer to use or be asked to wash your hands prior to entering the treatment room. The provider will take your temperature with a non-touch thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home and referred to their primary care physician. We are required to ask about your symptoms, and those with possible Covid19 symptoms or exposure will be asked to go home and follow up with your physician.
Screening questions include:
*New shortness of breath
*Loss of taste or smell
*New nasal congestion or discharge
*Exposure to Covid19 patient
What Is The Reason For This Change?
At this time, we are heeding the advice of experts and asking patients with evidence of respiratory illness to stay home and/or seek treatment in facilities that are better equipped than we are to assess your Covid19 status (such as primary care physician’s offices, urgent care clinics, and hospitals). We are implementing this policy in an effort to safeguard the health of our elderly, medically fragile, and/or immuno-compromised patients and in hopes of maintaining our ability to serve our community without interruption.
HOW WE CAN HELP IF YOU ARE SICK
If you are suffering from respiratory illness we will be happy to provide a telehealth consultation for advice on holistic supplements or herbs that may be helpful. Please call us for more information.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MINIMIZE YOUR RISK FOR INFECTION
In addition to basics like washing your hands frequently and not touching your face, there is a lot you can do to strengthen your resistance to viral illness. This includes eating a nutritious diet, minimizing your consumption of sugar and alcohol, getting plenty of sleep, managing your stress levels, and mind-body practices such as qi gong, meditation, breathing exercises. In addition, cupping and gua sha are both forms of folk medicine that are practiced all over the world by family members on one another.
OUR SAFETY PROCEDURES
We have always followed OSHA and CCAOM standards for disinfection and prevention of bloodborne pathogens. We have recently completed a safety audit to ensure our policies and procedures are effective for COVID19 as well. If you have any questions about our safety procedures, please feel free to ask.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION.