Dr. Wade Kubat, plastic and reconstructive surgeon, discusses precautions during COVID-19.
How are you safely proceeding with care during the pandemic?
COVID has completely changed how we deliver care in lots of different ways.
If we're going to the operating room, we really make sure that the procedure is necessary. We'll try to delay things that are not necessary until we have a little bit more information on the current status of COVID. With that being said, the hospital protocols here are excellent, and we really are following them to a T to make sure that we can provide safe quality of care.
In the office, there's a lot of additional measures that are being performed to ensure that patients are not fearful and are getting the care that they deserve from protection with COVID. The wiping down of the rooms in between patients is always commonly done in an office, but special attention is given to that. We also watch out for the quantity of individuals who are seen and the spacing in the waiting area. These measures are not overlooked at Lincoln Surgical.
Keeping Patient Safety a Priority
As Lincoln Surgical Associates starts to perform elective surgeries again, it is important that our patients know what steps we are taking to ensure their safety throughout the surgical process.
If you are currently living with a painful condition that could be helped with surgery, we don't want you to feel you need to wait for treatment.
Here are the safety precautions we are taking to keep patients and staff safe:
- Providing temperature checks before patients enter the building.
- Increasing sanitation efforts in waiting areas and patient rooms.
- Scheduling longer appointment blocks so that there are fewer patients in the waiting room.
- Requiring patients to wear masks when coming to the office and having staff and surgeons wear masks at ALL times.
- Allowing only one person (who must be 18 or older) to come to the appointment with the patient.
- Working closely with the hospitals to ensure patient safety (following Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidelines: separate hospital entrances from COVID-19 patients, COVID-19 testing before surgeries, quarantine periods before surgeries).
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