The CDC considers non-hospital based, outpatient dermatology offices to be a low risk exposure environment for COVID-19, as we do not see or treat patients for COVID-19. Even though we are a low risk environment, we have instituted the same personal protective equipment, sanitation and social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC for medical practices and businesses.
Modern Dermatology and our medical personnel are following the below guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients and staff:
· Clinic Cleaning/Sanitization
We are constantly sanitizing and cleaning all surfaces in our labs, patient rooms, waiting rooms, offices, between patients.
· Six Foot Rule
We are reducing crowding by directing patients to separate waiting areas. In addition, we are maintaining staff social distancing whenever possible.
· Required Face Masks
We are requiring all patients to wear a face mask or face covering when in the office. All employees are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, including N95 or surgical masks in accordance with OSHA and CDC guidelines.
· Sneeze Guards
We have installed sneeze guards to shield and limit the spread of pathogens.
· HEPA Air Filters
We have placed air purifiers with HEPA filtration around the practice and in every patient room to capture particles the size of the virus that causes COVID-19.
· HVAC System
We recently placed new filtration systems in our entire building’s HVAC system and have turned the system on high to increase air circulation throughout the practice.
· Increased Air flow
We have fans running around the office and opening outside doors throughout the day to increase air flow.
We are confident that we have created one of the safest places in our community for our patients to be and are happy to be able to provide you care during this time.
If you have recently been tested positive for COVID or are experiencing symptoms, please call us at (206)489-2530 to reschedule your appointment. We will reschedule your appointment 1 month after your COVID positive test to ensure we meet the CDC recommendations that patients should remain at home and in isolation until the resolution of symptoms.