By Sharon Trongaard, RRT, MS, MPH, Clinic Director/Risk and Compliance Officer at Health Partnership Clinic
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to remind us of the importance of patient safety in everything we do at Health Partnership Clinic. This March, as we celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week, our primary aim is to build awareness among our staff and patients. Bottom line, safety is everyone’s responsibility.
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Improving Patient Safety Begins With You
Here are some of the things we are doing to ensure each visit with us lowers the chance that you will be exposed to COVID-19:
- Our staff are screened daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and tested if they have symptoms. If they are positive, they isolate at home following the CDC guidelines
- Everyone working at or visiting our clinics must wear masks while on campus. Masks work to decrease the droplets that can carry COVID-19.
- Chairs are spaced apart in our lobby areas to provide less contact between patients and visitors.
- Patients are asked a series of questions when they arrive at our clinics to determine if they are at high risk of having COVID-19. If you do have some symptoms, we can perform rapid testing.
- We offer telemedicine visits if you would prefer to stay a home for your visit. If you are sick with COVID-19, a telemedicine visit allows you to discuss your care with a provider.
- Dividers are being installed in our lobbies to separate patients who are sick from patients who have appointments for physicals and preventative care.
- We are participating in the Federal program to distribute COVID-19 Home Testing Kits. You can pick some up at each of our clinic locations. Limit two per household member.
For updates on how we are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit us at https://hpcks.org/coronavirus.