We understand the growing concern surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the communities we serve. The health and safety of our patients, physicians, and staff is our top priority. Regenexx at Gold Coast Orthopedics has been actively preparing its offices, physicians, and employees to address these uncertainties and prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
We are now open for elective procedures. However, we are still offering Telehealth and in-person consultations to evaluate you for a new issue, or for follow-up. This means our office visits can now be conducted via your phone, tablet, or computer from your home. Legislation now allows these visits to be reimbursed by most insurers including Medicare. If we accept your insurance, it would simply be billed to them. If we do not, then we have significantly reduced the fee associated with a consultation.
We are here for you as a resource for all of your orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and spine related needs.
To schedule a visit with one of our physicians, please call 786-855-4800. For Regenexx Tampa Bay, please call 941-357-1773 in Sarasota and 813-544-3123 in Tampa.
How Is Regenexx at Gold Coast Orthopedics Monitoring the Situation?
As the situation evolves, we are keeping up with and following the recommendation of the CDC, WHO and state and local health departments.
Max COVID-19 Protection Zone
At Gold Coast Orthopedics, we are foremost committed to the health and safety of our patients. Below are our newly implemented additional safety measures.
In-car, virtual waiting rooms reduce the time spent inside our center
Before entering our office, each patient’s temperature and oxygen levels are checked, along with a list of health, exposure, and travel questions
Specialized air purifiers, shown to kill viruses, have been placed throughout our office
All providers and patients are provided with and required to wear an N95 mask to reduce the potential spread of the virus
All staff members are screened daily and tested for prior infection for COVID-19 weekly
All staff members and patients are required to use frequent handwashing and sanitizing
All common surfaces are cleaned repeatedly with medical-grade anti-viral disinfectant
All staff members and patients follow social distancing guidelines
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A Note to Our Higher Risk Patients
As the virus continues to spread, we want to protect and safeguard our most vulnerable patients – the elderly, people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. This includes patients with cancer, organ transplant, immune deficiency, and those on some medications that suppress their immune system.
COVID-19 is a new disease and the medical community is learning more about it each day. Certain populations are at higher risk of complications arising from the disease. Based upon available information to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its criteria regarding individuals considered to be high risk. The revised criteria for high-risk individuals is as follows (as of March 26, 2020):
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
- People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown an increased risk
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
If you are at higher risk, there are actions you can take to protect yourself and those around you. Here is a link with the latest information from the CDC with precautions as well as actions you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick.
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and can include:
- Shortness of breath
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. People who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.
Practice Everyday Prevention
As you touch people, surfaces, and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Although there is no vaccine available to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, you can take steps to reduce your risk of infection. CDC and WHO recommend following the standard precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you're sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch. Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.