OUR EXTRA SAFETY MEASURES
The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Here are some of the measures we have in place:
– Bipolar ionization. We have added the iWave bipolar ionization system to our HVAC system. New research has shown that this system inactivates 99.4% of SARS-Cov-2 (the new coronavirus). https://www.iwaveair.com/coronavirus-update
– Call from the car. When patients arrive, they are asked to wait in their car and call us to be sure we have completed disinfecting the office and are ready for them to come in.
– Wear masks. All patients are asked to wear face mask for the duration of their visit. If needed, we can provide a disposable surgical mask for them to wear. Staff all wear masks and eye protection.
– Check temperatures and history. We check the temperature of all staff and patients when they enter Bay Radiology. We also have a questionnaire to check for risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Please call us to reschedule your appointment at no charge if you have any symptoms or other reason to believe you could have been exposed to the coronavirus in the preceding two weeks.
– Social distancing. We are currently striving to keep all patients here at the biggest distance, and shortest time. We only allow two patients in the front and two in the back at any one time, maintaining social distance. And we ask that any visitors please wait in the car.
– Short visits. As before, mammogram images are reviewed as they are acquired and if needed ultrasound is performed the same day by Dr. Amodei. Immediately after a discussion of results, patients can dress and leave the facility. To maintain distance and shorten visits, in most cases we are currently suspending our practice of reviewing images with patients. If longer conversations are needed, these are generally performed over the phone with the patient in the safety of their car or home.
– Disinfect!!! We are trying to minimized the number of things patients touch. And we thoroughly disinfect all high-touch surfaces (doors, counters, dressing rooms, etc.) with medical grade disinfectants after each patient.
– HEPA filters in every room. While coronavirus on its own is only 0.125 microns in size, most of the virus is thought to be traveling through the air in respiratory droplets, which would be trapped by our HEPA filters. Masks should prevent most of these droplets from every making it into the air and our iWave system should treat the air in our HVAC system. The HEPA filters provide yet another layer of protection.
STAY SAFE!! Continue practicing social distancing, wash your hands, and try not to touch your face. If you have to be out in public, wear a mask. Treat all things that come into your house (mail, delivered packages and groceries) as potentially contaminated; although the risk is currently thought to be low, it’s probably best to wash your hands after touching these items. Here are a few helpful resources:
How to wash your hands properly. In addition to what’s shown in this video, be sure to wash your wrists! click here to watch
The CDC now recommends that everyone wear a mask if you have to be out in public: Read more here
How to wear a mask properly: read instructions here
CDC’s suggestions re: how to make a new-sew simple homemade mask: read instructions here
A simple pattern for a sewn mask: click here to watch
A word about filters: a cloth mask with a filter might provide better protection, as long as the filter is safe! Some whole house HVAC filters contain fiberglass which is NOT something you want to inhale. Other brands claim to be safe and have even put tutorials online such as the one here. But please be careful about what you use; there is a lot we still don’t know.
Food safety in the era of COVID-19: JAMA article for patients here
WISHING YOU GOOD HEALTH!