Updated: May 13
It feels like we are at a crossroads: Do we resume some of our old lifestyle, or do we stay sheltered until we have more information and testing? This is a truly unprecedented time in history, and I don’t think it’s possible to say what is right or wrong. There are simply too many unknowns. Here’s the thing - if you are among the crowd that is ready to start opening businesses, and you choose to have a personal service, you have the right to ask how your service provider intends to protect your health, their health, the health of the other employees at the business location and everyone’s families. I’ll tell you a secret. I was really scared when I heard we were returning to work. I was scared that I would be in a position of vulnerability without proper protection. I was scared that I would now be putting myself, my patients, my family, and my coworkers in harm’s way. But I knew I had to go back and trust that there would be a plan. Last night our staff had a virtual meeting. We discussed how to keep everyone safe as we begin offering treatments again, and I was blown away! I feel totally at ease. I can say with all certainty that our office has thoughtfully and purposefully put health and safety at the forefront of our services.
Here is what a visit to Stephen P. Beals, MD, Skin and Laser Center will look like: You will be contacted in the day or days leading up to your appointment so that you know exactly what to do when you arrive at our office. We will also ask you if you have any preexisting health conditions, if you have traveled recently, whether or not you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or if you are experiencing any symptoms yourself.
On the day of your appointment, you will be asked to wait in your car until we call you to come in. Our doors will remain locked until that time. Once you are called, we will greet you at the door, you will be required to wear a mask, and we will take your temperature. We will have you sign the questionnaire that we went over with you on the phone with a clean sanitized pen, of course. We will then escort you back to the treatment room where you will be able to remove your mask for your treatment. We ask that you wear it at all other times. You will be asked to sign a Covid-19 specific consent to treat. This consent form is as much for your protection as it is ours. Please read and consider it carefully. If you are having injectable lip filler, you will be asked to gargle immediately preceding your injections. Once we have all preliminary formalities out of the way, we will begin your treatment. When your treatment is completed, you will be asked to put your mask back on for check out. We have places marked off at the checkout counter to safely distance after you check out. After you checkout, you will then be escorted out of the back door.
Here is what we are doing on our end to ensure a safe visit: Our entire staff will be wearing office specific scrubs or a lab coat that we will not wear outside of our offices under any circumstances. That means we will arrive in street clothes and change or put a lab coat over them before starting our workday. Then we will change back into our street clothes or remove the lab coat prior to leaving. Our scrubs and or lab coat will be laundered after every shift. We will wear N95 masks with secondary protective face masks over top and goggles. We will be wiping all surfaces with disinfecting wipes between patients. This includes counters, doorknobs, cabinet handles, faucets, and product containers. Treatment beds will have fresh linens, and the bed will be disinfected between each linen change. Gloves will be worn and changed, as necessary. We will also disinfect bathrooms between each use, clipboards, pens, and any other surfaces that anyone has come into contact with.
We are all very conscientious providers, and we want to welcome you back with joy and put your minds at ease. We miss your faces…quite literally!!! We hope that you will feel safe and secure in our care and that you will be patient as we adjust to new protocols. We have extended appointment times to allow for some of these precautions, and we will do our best to service you in a timely manner, but you should also allow a little more time than you normally would…just in case. The response to our reopening has been even more positive than we expected, and appointments are going quickly. So call today to get on our schedules! We cannot wait to see you! Call today to book your appointment 480.947.6788
Here is a copy of our Covid-19 Consent to treat:
COVID-19 RISK INFORMED CONSENT
I (patient name) understand that I am opting for an elective treatment/procedure/surgery that is not urgent and may not be medically necessary.
I also understand that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. I further understand that COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread by person-to-person contact; and, as a result, federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing. I recognize that Stephen P. Beals, MD and all the staff at Stephen P. Beals, MD are closely monitoring this situation and have put in place reasonable preventative measures aimed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, given the nature of the virus, I understand there is an inherent risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 by virtue of proceeding with this elective treatment/procedure/surgery. I hereby acknowledge and assume the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 through this elective treatment/procedure/surgery, and I give my express permission for Stephen P. Beals, MD, and all the staff at Stephen P. Beals, MD to proceed with the same.
I understand that, even if I have been tested for COVID and received a negative test result, the tests in some cases may fail to detect the virus or I may have contracted COVID after the test. I understand that, if I have a COVID-19 infection, and even if I do not have any symptoms for the same, proceeding with this elective treatment/procedure/surgery can lead to a higher chance of complication and death.
I understand that possible exposure to COVID-19 before/during/after my treatment/procedure/surgery may result in the following: a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, extended quarantine/self-isolation, additional tests, hospitalization that may require medical therapy, Intensive Care treatment, and possible need for intubation/ventilator support, short-term or long-term intubation, other potential complications, and the risk of death. In addition, after my elective treatment/procedure/surgery, I may need additional care that may require me to go to an emergency room or a hospital.
I understand that COVID-19 may cause additional risks, some or many of which may not currently be known at this time, in addition to the risks described herein, as well as those risks for the treatment/procedure/surgery itself.
I have been given the option to defer my treatment/procedure/surgery to a later date. However, I understand all the potential risks, including but not limited to the potential short-term and long-term complications related to COVID-19, and I would like to proceed with my desired treatment/procedure/surgery.
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Patient or Guardian Signature______________________________ Date/Time_______________
Witness Signature________________________________________ Date/Time______________
Here is a copy of the patient screening questionnaire:
PATIENT Screening Form
1. Have you had any of the following in the last 24 hours?
Fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, eye infection, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell?
2. Have you been in contact with anyone who has been in quarantine or isolation with the Covid-19 virus within the last two weeks?
3. Have you been tested for Covid-19 and had a positive result or are you awaiting a result?
4. Have you travelled anywhere outside of Arizona in the last two weeks?
5. Do you have heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes or any autoimmune disorders?
Patient Signature___________________________________ Date____________________
If you have any questions, need an appointment or need further clarification regarding this paperwork you can contact our office at 480.947.6788.