Surgical Care in the Age of Covid-19
Surgery is often necessary to reduce pain, mitigate disease risk, and heal your body. Putting off surgical care can result in the need for emergency surgeries, and prolonged recovery periods.
The doctors at Puyallup Surgical Consultants want you to get the care you need, when you need it. We understand the very real threat of coronavirus. As clinical care professionals it is our job to consistantly update and adhere to infection control measures. Our team of doctors and infection control leaders carefully monitor directives from multiple medical sources. We follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, and best practice guidelines established by Proliance Surgeons.
Additionally, our clinics and surgery center complied with the state’s guidelines for surgical care during the COVID-19 shut down. As a result, there has been very little traffic in our care centers. To ensure the risk of contracting coronavirus is low, we are taking the following measures:
Reducing Risk: Puyallup Surgical Consultants Takes Infection Control Seriously
Social distancing measures are in effect. Only necessary care staff and patients are allowed on site. Our reception areas are restricted to limited capacity to allow for appropriate social distancing. Please come to your appointment alone. If you need a companion to accompany you for your care appointment, please only bring one person and no children. Please call our office upon arrival for further instruction.
All patients and members of our care team are screened daily for signs and symptoms of coronavirus. Please expect a temperature check at your visit and on your date of surgery. We do the same for ourselves. Patients with any COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to reschedule their appointment.
Your doctor, certified physician’s assistant and / or nurse will only touch you when it is medically important to do so.
Hand hygiene is very important in fighting the spread of COVID-19. We have designated areas for staff and patients to wash their hands as well as providing hand sanitizer throughout our facilities.
Our staff is experienced in using personal protection equipment (PPE). We have used PPE long before COVID-19. Our care staff wears masks during clinical visits and asks that you do the same. Your surgical care team wears the recommended PPE including but not limited to: N95 masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection.
Enhanced cleaning is in place in our clinics and surgery center. This includes application of disinfectant of commonly touched surfaces before and after patient visits and increased frequency of environmental cleanings in all medical spaces.
Telemedicine visits are available. In most cases, your surgeon can evaluate your condition via a private and secure video call link.
Proliance CEO Talks Patient Safety
As part of Proliance Surgeons, Puyallup Surgical enjoys the benefits of being part of a network of medical care professionals. Recently, Proliance CEO Mark Barnhart took to the airwaves to discuss our network-wide approach to your care in the Covid-19 era.
“You can't go anywhere and be safer than in our ambulatory (outpatient) surgery centers and our physician practices,” said Barnhart. “Because of everything that's being done to keep everyone safe with appropriate mask and protective equipment, and every one of our ORs—everything is sterilized. It's much safer in our clinics than it is anywhere else. And clearly, the safest place across the country to begin opening up is in the physician offices where appropriate protocols are in place.”
If you are interested in learning about additional protocols that your doctor may have in place, please contact us. There are certain procedures and medical processes that include additional precautions.
As always, your health and safety are our highest priority. Thank you for trusting us with your care.