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November 25, 2020
Our community is facing a looming crisis. Right here. Right now.
If you’re planning to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with extended family and friends, please reconsider—and have those celebrations virtually this year. There’s too much at stake, and we need your help.
As you gather virtually, please share the urgency of the situation facing the region using these talking points:
Space/Hospital Bed Challenges
• ALL hospitals in the region are at or near maximum capacity
• Most have used every option available to find more space:
• Opening up closed units
• Using telemedicine more frequently where possible
• Converting units to expand ICU capabilities
• Soon there may not be a bed available anywhere in the region – not just for COVID patients, but for any patient
• Nursing vacancies go unfilled across the region
• Caregivers are forced into quarantine, typically not from work, but from community exposure, which makes staffing even more challenging
• Caregivers are experiencing significant stress from multiple patient deaths, extended shifts, and managing seriously ill patients who can’t be with family
• Treatments, equipment, and medications to care for COVID patients are in short supply with continued shortages expected as infection rates rise nationally
• Many treatments are just now receiving FDA approval for emergency use or are still in experimental phases so are not yet widely available
What You Can Do
• Be vigilant AT ALL TIMES
• Wear a mask when in public or with others outside your immediate household
• Stay six feet apart from others
• Practice good hand hygiene
• Monitor you and your family for symptoms
• STAY AT HOME if symptoms develop, or while waiting for test results
• Educate and inform those around you of the real and dire situation we’re managing
• Be especially sensitive to older children, youth, and young adults who may feel less threatened by COVID but whose discipline is essential to controlling the spread of the virus
• No one wants to be responsible for infecting another person who may suffer serious side effects or death, or who goes on to infect someone who does
Thank you for all you do every day to keep our patients, our staff, and our community safe.
Best wishes for a happy—and healthy—holiday season. ... See MoreSee Less
4 months ago
As the COVID-19 situation in Kansas City is clearly worsening, we remain focused on maximizing safety for our patients and our staff.
We have also seen quite a few patients who chose to reschedule their visits and suffered worsening of their eye problems.
We believe we are maintaining a very safe space for patient care.
1. Everyone is questionnaire screened, temperatures checked, mask required.
2. Our schedule has been reduced to manage the total number of people in the office to permit safe distancing.
3. Only patients come to the exam room (unless aide required) and waiting times are minimal.
4. Every room and every surface is disinfected after every patient encounter.
Still, we are trying to balance providing needed care with the desire to minimize unnecessary gathering.
We are NOT limiting visits to emergency and urgent visits as was required in April, but we are trying to plan ahead in the event risks increase in the coming months.
Telemedicine visits (video calls with Facetime, Zoom, etc.) have been working well and we will be encouraging patients to make more use of this. These visits are very effective for monitoring stable or slowly progressive eye problems (some dry eye, cataract issues) and are a great way to answer patients’ questions. You may be surprised at how personal the interaction actually is and how easy the technology is to manage. All you need is a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer and minimal software (Facetime or Zoom). We have one page instruction sheets that are simple to follow. Just call our office to get this, either in hard copy or e mailed.
We have developed a plan for monitoring patients with glaucoma that combines just a few minutes of in-office testing with a telemedicine review of findings and ongoing plans.
Stay safe, stay healthy and enjoy the coming Thanksgiving holiday as much as possible – safely. ... See MoreSee Less