As we enter back into our new normal, we want our patients to feel comfortable and know that their safety is and has always been our main concern.
From working as a Hyperbaric Safety Director for over 10 years, I have overseen infection control in the private sector as well as in the hospital sector and have implemented safety protocols here at our clinic. Please see notices below regarding our practice.
As medical professionals we are trained to always assume a patient can be infected. Someone can appear perfectly fine yet carry something that can be transmitted to others, as we are seeing with COVID-19. This is why all patients each and every day will be properly screened prior to entering. If you have a fever or are feeling ill please cancel your treatment prior to arrival.
All team members will be screened daily prior to open. Team members are trained to practice good hand hygiene.
As we open Phase One you will see our team members wearing masks and necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and we recommend our patients do too.
Our lockers, medical equipment, gurneys, and chambers are always cleaned pre- and post-patient care. We will also ensure we clean high-touch spots in the clinic after all appointments as well.
Our chamber-approved disinfectant has been deemed safe and effective by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) as well as The National Board of Diving and Medical Technology (NBDHMT).
During our closure all chambers, lockers, linens, floors, and surfaces have been properly disinfected.
People are asking if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will help with the treatment for COVID-19. As of 4/20/2020 the NBDHMT informed us that there are currently 8 clinical trials related to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for therapeutic potential, each presently undergoing, or about to undergo, IRB review. Four are in the US (two New Orleans, one New York, one Cleveland), one each in Canada, Sweden, France and Italy. We will continue to keep you updated with the results.
Full details of three are currently viewable at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
We are following guidance from the government and leading health policy organizations on how best to protect our team and patients from becoming infected and otherwise limit potential for disease transmission.
Starting 05/04/2020 the following precautions will be implemented:
- All patients will be properly screened for symptoms and travel or exposure history prior to entering the clinic.
- No visitors are allowed at this time. If the visitor is a driver for a patient, they will be asked to wait in their car until the patient’s appointment is completed.
- One parent can accompany a minor into the clinic if medically necessary. Once the child is in treatment the parent will be asked to wait outside. We will call you when the treatment is over.
- No walk-ins are allowed at this time. We will be conducting phone or virtual consultations for anyone interested in treatment.
- All new patient onboarding will be done via phone or virtually.
- We are scheduling appointment times that are staggered at half-hour intervals to limit patient-to-patient interaction as well as allot proper time disinfecting in between patients.
- We are practicing social distancing.
- If you have traveled within the previous 2 weeks to other countries or regions inside or outside the United States where infections with COVID-19 have been reported, you should not enter the hyperbaric facility without first informing hyperbaric staff by telephone.
- This is also necessary if you have had close contact with a person that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is in isolation due to possible exposure.
- Masks are recommended and may be worn entering and leaving the office. Masks are not allowed in the hyperbaric chamber during treatment.
- Patients will be asked to wash their hands in our front restroom prior to entering the chamber room.
- Disposable gloves may be worn to the office. Upon arrival patients will be asked to dispose of outside gloves, wash hands, and a new set will be provided if needed while in the clinic.
- During the pandemic, many patients may be using alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This must be washed off immediately prior to hyperbaric treatment due to the risks with oxygen and to chamber acrylics.
- Deliveries will be handed off at the front entrance.
We are very thankful for all the love and support we have received from our patients during this necessary closure.
We are all super excited to see everyone’s smiling faces again soon!
Erika Jordan, DMS, EMT, CHT, CHS
Hyperbaric Director, Founder
Safety resources regarding our reopen guidelines:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.
- Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society: Guidelines for infection control, patient treatment, and staff safety considerations related to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO2) in monoplace and multiplace hyperbaric chambers during the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
- The Australian and New Zealand Hyperbaric Medicine Group (ANZHMG) & The Hyperbaric Technicians and Nurses Association (HTNA) COVID-19 Guidelines.
- European Committee For Hyperbaric Medicine: ECHM position on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in multiplace hyperbaric chambers during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
- Addendum to the CUHMA (Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association): Guidelines for Hyperbaric Medicine: COVID-19 pandemic (and other highly contagious high fatality respiratory tract infectious agents).