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Concerns About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
ANNOUNCING TELEMEDICINE: Dermatology Associates of Indy understands how important it is that patients are able to access healthcare during these times. So, our office has implemented Telemedicine services for those patients whose concerns can be met remotely and do not wish to come into the clinic. This will allow you to make or keep your appointment with your provider using your phone or electronic device to video chat from the comfort of your home. Call us at 812-401-9030 to schedule your appointment.
The health and safety of our patients and our staff is our highest priority at Dermatology Associates of Indy. With the growing concern about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Dermatology Associates has been closely following updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Indiana Department of Health (DSHS). Following the guidance of these public health authorities, in addition to our own standards for maintaining a safe environment, we have implemented multiple precautionary measures in our offices until the situation has stabilized. Our leadership is meeting daily to discuss ways we can further enhance these protective measures as the situation evolves while continuing to provide quality care to our patients in need.
What We are Doing to Protect Our Clinical Environment from COVID-19 Exposure
As the number of documented cases of Coronavirus continues to rise, we are committed to doing everything we can to continue providing quality care to our patients while taking every precaution to limit the exposure of our patients and staff to COVID-19. In doing so, we are implementing the following measures in our offices for the time being:
- We are asking ALL patients with a fever of 100.4 or higher, or who have been in contact with someone with a fever of 100.4 or higher in the past two weeks, to call us to reschedule their appointments until COVID-19 tests have been widely distributed throughout the Tri-State area.
- We will be screening every patient, visitor, physician, and staff member for symptoms related to COVID-19.
- We are limiting the number of family members attending appointments with our patients to one person per patient. Caregivers must be at least 18 years of age to enter our offices. All other visitors beyond the one caregiver will be asked to wait outside.
If you have not heard from Dermatology Associates of Indy about canceling your existing appointment, and you are unsure if you should come into our office as scheduled, please call our office at (812) 401-9030 to inquire.
What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Others
COVID-19 has reached ort community. We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of Coronavirus, to protect ourselves from becoming sick, and to keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed to the point of not being able to care for patients in need critical care. Most people who become infected with Coronavirus experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
- If you feel unwell, STAY HOME.
- Avoid close contact with any people who are sick.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for 20 seconds. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 6 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
For Patients at Higher Risk
Many of our patients have conditions which may compromise their immune systems or patients undergoing cancer treatment. These conditions make them even more susceptible and vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Patients with weakened immunity should call ahead of their scheduled appointments to inquire as to whether their medical appointments should be rescheduled and to discuss medication refills.
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indiana continues to grow, Dermatology Associates of Indy is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patients and their families, our providers, our colleagues and staff. We believe that the measures we are taking in our offices will keep our environment safe to continue caring for our patients. We will continuously monitor the situation and keep this page updated for you.