We know COVID-19 is potentially a concern for you. Rest assured, we are closely monitoring the situation and are taking every precaution to ensure your health and safety. As part of our daily routine, we follow the universal precaution standards of infection control as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of Ohio. Adherence to health guidelines has always been and will continue to be our number one priority in protecting our patients and staff.
Governor DeWine has allowed healthcare providers who comply with the published mandates to reopen on May 1, 2020. We are taking extended measures to further protect all our patients and team with the following additional protocols:
- In compliance with the recommendations for public health, anyone with a cough or fever will not be allowed in the office and should stay home. Patients will be contacted prior to their appointment and will be asked relevant COVID-19 screening questions. It is important that patients provide accurate information. If necessary, we will reschedule your appointment, for your safety as well as ours.
- Unless absolutely necessary, we ask that you come to the office alone, and we will ask you to wait in your car until called. Call us from your car when you arrive, and we will let you know when we are ready for you. For patients who must use the waiting room, it has been reconfigured for social distancing.
- Upon entering our office, you will be required to sanitize your hands. We will check your temperature and again ask screening questions.
- All patients must wear a mask to enter our facility, and all of us will be wearing masks as well. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
- We use appropriate cleansing and sanitizing procedures throughout the office. Specifically, all chairs, exam rooms, doorknobs, and surfaces will be sanitized after every patient encounter.
- Sanitizing wipes and gloves will also be made available for use in the restrooms.
- An acrylic cough barrier has been placed at the patient checkout area. You will be required to sanitize your hands again before engaging the checkout area.
- Our staff has received additional training with regards to proper COVID-19 infection control methods and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). We utilize enhanced workplace sanitizing procedures and enhanced hand hygiene compliance. We routinely use relevant health histories and daily temperature monitoring of all clinic staff and patients as part of our strategy to prevent contagion.
Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate these challenging times together.
Dr. Gutman and Staff
Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists