3 Changes to Expect When Seeking Routine Health Care During COVID-19

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Published on July 01, 2020 with No Comments

by Angela Patterson,

Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, MinuteClinic at CVS
As we resume our routines, it’s normal to feel a little cautious about an in-person appointment, but important to address the personal health care needs of you and your family. Here’s what you can expect to help reduce the potential for COVID-19 community transmission:
1. Pre-Appointment Prep and Screening

  • You will be screened for signs of possible COVID-19 illness and asked if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
  • If scheduling in advance, you’ll receive visit prep instructions that include bringing a personal face mask to your appointment.

2. Enhanced In-Person Precautions

  • Many providers will likely ask you to remain in your car and will contact you when it’s time to come inside.
  • Waiting rooms will either be eliminated or incorporate social distancing guidelines, and will have removed all literature, magazines and other unnecessary items.
  • Rigorous disinfection should be expected between patient visits, including exam room surfaces, counter tops, doorknobs, diagnostic equipment and clinic kiosks.

3. Personal Protection for Providers and Patients

Any staff coming within six feet of patients will be outfitted in the following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Approved face shields or goggles
  • Single use surgical gloves
  • Medical grade face masks or respirator masks
  • Medical gowns, as necessary, based on type of visit
  • Patients will be required to wear a face mask.

Virtual Care

Many providers offer telemedicine alternatives for many common illnesses and skin conditions as well as chronic care monitoring. At MinuteClinic, this includes the new E-Clinic visit offering. More information about accessing virtual care at MinuteClinic can be found at MinuteClinic.com.

 Sources:  CDC, American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians office practice guidelines

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