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COVID-19 Precautions and Updates

December 23, 2021

With the current Covid protocols the state is under, we are going to continue doing our best to protect both our patients and staff as much as possible. With that in mind, we will still be scheduling patients into the office for their care but will resume having them call the office from their car upon arrival. Patients will then be asked questions regarding exposure risks before being called up, met at the door to have their temperature checked, and roomed avoiding seating in the reception room.

We continue to follow the CDC guidelines and ongoing efforts to maintain a safe environment for our patients and staff. We are all wearing masks that cover our mouths and noses and are distancing at the time of intake and checkout.

We do ask anyone who is ill to please stay home and reschedule their appointments. Be aware that the new Omicron variant can have minimal or no symptoms and if you have been exposed to a large group and have the slightest of symptoms, you do need to be tested at the very onset of these minor symptoms and provide your testing results prior to being seen in the office. The Omicron variant is very easy to pass on to others and can be no more than the aggravation of missing 10 days to 2 weeks of work/social interaction, or for the unvaccinated a serious illness that has been shown to be deadly.

If you have Covid 19 and had a scheduled procedure we are following the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation guidelines from December 2020 for safe patient care regarding elective procedures. Following recovery from symptoms your wait to proceed with surgery is as follows:

  • 4 weeks for asymptomatic patients or recovery from mild non-respiratory symptoms
  • 6 weeks for symptomatic patients (cough, shortness of breath) who did not require hospitalization
  • 8 weeks for symptomatic patients who are diabetic, immunocompromised or hospitalized with Covid
  • 12 weeks for patients were admitted to the ICU due to Covid

As we all work together, we can help keep each other stay safe and our community strong.

-Dr. Poulter & Staff