Safe Expansion Of Non-Urgent Medical Care
SUMMARY: Governor Inslee Issues Proclamation Reducing Restrictions on, and Safe Expansion of, Non-Urgent Medical and Dental Procedures
In accordance with Gov. Inslee's amendments Active Points Wellness expands IN-OFFICE orthopedic and sports injury care options. This includes 'Patients of Record' and New Patients.
The health of our patients, community and clinicians is our highest priority. As such, Active Points Wellness meets strict criteria for resuming non-urgent care procedures. Click here to read Gov. Inslee's Proclamation in its entirety. This criteria includes, but is not limited to the following:
Exercise clinical judgement to determine need of healthcare services (Gov. Inslee). Active Points Wellness (APW) follows a needs-based assessment including determination of pain, emotional health, and negative impact on Essential Duties (i.e. work and family responsibilities) and Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Continuously monitors the capacity and needs within our State and County for medical resources and PPE (Gov. Inslee). Reduced capacity and appointment availability is based on the safety of Patients and Clinicians, and is congruent with the healthcare capacity within Whatcom county.
Review infection prevention policies and procedures and update, as necessary, to reflect current best practice guidelines for universal precautions (Gov. Inslee). Consistent monitoring and review of State and Local policy and resource availability changes as published on the Department of Health website at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus.
Appropriately use telemedicine (Gov. Inslee). Telemedicine has become an essential component at APW. All New Patient consultations will be performed via Telemedicine and are available for all wellness-based follow-up appointments.
Use on-site fever screening and self-reporting of COVID-19 symptom screening for all patients, visitors and staff prior to (the preferred approach), or immediately upon, entering a facility or practice (Gov. Inslee). A Patient Pre-screen checklist including COVID-19 Symptom Checklists, body temperature and pulse oximetry screening is utilized on each visit PRIOR to entering facilities.
Post signage that strongly encourages staff, visitors and patients to practice frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or hand sanitizer, avoid touching their face, and practice cough etiquette (Gov. Inslee). Posted educational infographics can be found throughout APW facilities.
Maintain strict social distancing in patient scheduling, check-in processes, positioning and movement within a facility (Gov. Inslee). APW utilizes a strict outdoor or car waiting policy. We are currently spacing out appointments with 15-30 minutes of transition time for cleaning and sanitizing. Your provider will meet you OUTSIDE the facility and escort you to your treatment room.
Frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly using an EPA-registered disinfectant (Gov. Inslee). We follow a strict cleaning checklist that involves sanitizing all contact surfaces between each patient visit. APW continues to follow Clean Needle Technique guidelines mandated by the WA Department of Health.
For the complete proclamation and list of criteria visit: Governor Inslee Proclamation (click here).
IN-PERSON ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS
In-person acupuncture treatments are available for non-urgent orthopedic and sports injury care. We understand that pain may be significantly impacting your quality of life, mental health and/or ability to perform essential duties (i.e. responsibilities of work or family). Active Points Wellness provides essential healthcare in a safe, effective and responsible manner. Contact us directly to learn more about how we can help with your specific health challenges.
TELEMEDICINE WELLNESS (*Currently Offering Discounted Rates Through June 2020)
Video conferencing or telemedicine appointments are available for New Patient Free Consultations, Wellness Follow-ups, or Corrective Exercise Prescription. This is a highly effective method to continue care and as a resource for patients.
CONTACT: (360) 788-5866 or email@example.com to request an appointment.
UPDATED CLINIC & OFFICE PROCEDURES
The following are MANDATORY Patient and Clinic office procedures. These procedures will be updated based on available guidelines from the CDC and Washington Department of Health.
A Patient should NOT schedule an appointment if they or someone in their household has been exhibiting any of the following symptoms over the past 14 days. These symptoms include:
Chills, or shaking with chills
Coughing or wheezing
Recent loss of taste or smell
Shortness of Breath
Fatigue or malaise
Muscle aches or muscle pain
Patient & Clinic Procedures (MANDATORY)
1. Contact me directly via text, phone or email PRIOR to scheduling any appointment in order to discuss your situation.
2. WAIT OUTSIDE the building in your vehicle or other safe location until appointment time. Please DO NOT use public waiting area on the second floor.
3. TEXT or PHONE 360-788-5866 to let me know you have arrived.
4. I will meet you outside the building ENTRANCE to take your temperature.
5. Wear a FACE MASK upon entering the building and during the entirety of your time in the building, including during your treatment.
6. WASH HANDS upon arriving on the second floor (Executive office suites).
7. WASH HANDS upon departure.
Additional Clinic Procedures
· Please understand there is limited appointment availability.
· Patients will be scheduled on the hour.
· Clinic reserves 15-30 minutes between each appointment to allow for appropriate cleaning/sanitizing time of all surfaces.
· No sheets or linens will be used to allow for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting.
· Provider will be wearing a face mask throughout all treatments.
· ADHERE to respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette (use tissue or sleeve of clothing).
***Clean Needle Technique (CNT) standards are always employed at Active Points Wellness.
DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to replace Medical advice from a Physician. Consult a Physician prior to beginning any new exercise, dietary or lifestyle changes.