COVID-19 PROCEDURES

COVID-19 Procedures

INFECTION CONTROLInfection Control graphic

  • We have implemented regular and stringent cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to the following:
    • Regular cleaning and disinfecting schedules for treatment rooms, protective coverings in treatment rooms, waiting areas, restrooms, medical equipment, seating and furniture, doors and handles, counters, payment systems, personal protective equipment and more
  • We ensure regular changing of cleaning equipment and materials as well as avoidance of aerosols to limit airborne movement
  • Treatment areas and their furniture and equipment are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between patients
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment including medical masks, eye protection and gloves and these are decontaminated and/or changed out frequently
  • Strict staff personal hygiene protocols are implemented including handwashing, face-touching, cough and sneeze covering
  • Staff regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in their personal work areas

ENTRY SCREENINGEntry Screening graphic

  • Temperature checks and screening questions are conducted daily on all entrants into our facilities including, but not limited to patients, vendors, physicians, and staff. All physicians and staff are required to enter our facilities through the designated screening entrance
  • Any individuals, staff or visitors reporting or showing symptoms of respiratory infection are not be permitted to enter the building
  • Patients undergoing surgery may be required to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to surgery. Each patient’s Surgeon will confirm the individual requirements prior to surgery (see more information below)

UNIVERSAL FACE-COVERINGUniversal Masking graphic

  • All staff, patients and visitors are required to wear a face covering or mask which covers their mouth and nose when entering the building, and at all times when in the building, (except when alone)

  • Read our visitor face covering policy here
  • All staff are required to wear medical masks in accordance with our strict respiratory infection control protocols
  • Note: In accordance with CDC recommendations, facemasks and cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance

SOCIAL DISTANCINGSocial Distancing graphic

  • Social distancing of six feet is applicable for all staff, patients and visitors
  • For staff,
    • Physical distance of 6-feet must be maintained - from co-workers and patients - unless contact is required to perform essential services as defined by Contra Costa Health Services
    • Social distancing for staff applies throughout their entire time in the building
  • Physical distancing for patients is achieved by
    • limiting the number of people in the building
    • distancing in patient waiting and treatment areas
    • allowing waiting patients to wait in their car in the parking lot, or wait outside
  • Drive-up evaluations may be performed where appropriate – your healthcare provider will advise if this is available for you

SURGERY PATIENTSSurgery patients graphic

  • We recognize some patients may be concerned about receiving care in a hospital or surgery center because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please mention any concerns you may have to your Surgeon during your pre-op appointment so that he/she may address them to any extent possible
  • There are new, stricter intake processes in place for patients undergoing elective surgery
  • Your Surgeon and/or Care Team will advise what you need to do 7 days and 3 days prior to your surgery relevant to infection control. Some patients undergoing surgery may be advised that they are required to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to surgery, depending on their circumstances
  • Hospitals and Surgery Centers have very stringent infection control, decontamination and patient separation protocols in place, with the aim of protecting all individuals: medical staff; patients; visitors
  • Muir Orthopaedic Specialists and the hospitals and surgery centers where our surgeries are performed are complying with current guidelines issued by: The Center for Disease Control; The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Federal, State and Local guidelines including Cal/OSHA