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. 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. Update on 7/6/21: facemasks are still required at Bay Radiology. We have immunocompromised patients (e.g., on chemotherapy, etc.) and the CDC recommends continuing the use of face masks in this situation (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-after-vaccination.html). Also, emerging data from Israel suggests that fully vaccinated individuals can catch and transmit the Delta variant–though fortunately the vaccine is still preventing more severe illness 93% of the time (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-05/israel-sees-decline-in-pfizer-vaccine-efficacy-rate-ynet-says).
– Check history. We continue to 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 generally 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. Patients can choose to stay to review their images for immediate results or if the patient prefers, after their images have been reviewed, they can dress and leave and if needed can have a conversation about their results later that day by phone.
– 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 throughout the day.
– 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.
WISHING YOU GOOD HEALTH!