Show Patients You’re Making Your Practice Safer From COVID-19
By David Doolittle

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably have taken extra precautions to make sure your patients, your staff, and your colleagues are as safe as possible. 

Do your patients know that? Numerous news stories have reported on patients’ reluctance to visit physicians’ offices for fear of catching COVID-19. You can make your patients less concerned by telling them: 

  • You use personal protective equipment (PPE), if you have it, to help curb the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
  • You keep sick and well patients separated.
  • You thoroughly disinfect surfaces. 

Some other preventive steps your practice can take to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 – and tell your patients about – include:

  • Scheduling well visits in the morning, sick visits in the afternoon;
  • Offering telemedicine encounters when appropriate; and
  • Limiting patient visitors.

Find those tips and more on a quick reference sheet the Texas Medical Association has created for your practice.

You also can find the latest news, resources, and government guidance on the coronavirus outbreak by visiting TMA’s COVID-19 Resource Center regularly.

Last Updated On

April 21, 2020

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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