COVID-19 Virus Precautions

March 20, 2020 |

We are following ADA & CDC guidelines

 

We want to reassure patients, Groton Wellness offices are following the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines

  • Cleaning our environment with products from the EPA’s list of registered surface disinfectant products for use against coronavirus
  • Wiping doors, hands and other common area touch points for added cleanliness at least every 2 hours
  • Ensuring our office teams have the Personal Protective Equipment recommended by the CDC

Calling patients prior to visit and asking screening questions: 

  • Are you sick? Fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain or GI symptoms
  • Have you traveled to a foreign country within the last 30 days
  • Have you been on a cruise in the last 14 days
  • Have you been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 with in the last 14 days?

Practicing and encouraging social distancing:

  • Telling patients to arrive on time and not early for appointments 
  • Patients check-in at the desk and can wait in their car, receiving a text when it’s time for their appointment. Or they can be seated in the private treatment room immediately.
  • The dental assistant or medical assistant will take the oral temperature of the patient
  • Dental ~ Asking patients to wash their hand in the operatory, and rinse with antiseptic mouthwash provided
  • When necessary, patients’ family and support networks can assist with appointment arrivals. After check-in, individual not receiving treatment should wait outside the building ~ unless special circumstances and approved by doctor.
  • Removing unnecessary objects or items like magazines and books from waiting rooms and treatment areas.

Everyone can take simple hygiene practices to help keep our communities healthy:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use safe hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Patients are encouraged to use a hand sanitizer during office visits.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • While sharing is caring, keep drinks, food, cigarettes, or vaping products to yourself.
  • If you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, contact your primary physician first and seek medical attention if needed.

We value your trust and will continue to monitor the situation, adapting precautionary measures where needed. For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.