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PREVAIL PT’S COVID-19 RESPONSE

We are changing how we practice, and we are continually assessing the priorities of the day. Last updated: Wed. 6/24

We are closely monitoring and abiding by the policies and guidance of many agencies, including federal, state and local governments, American Physical Therapy Association, Private Practice Section, CDC, Dept of Homeland Security, etc.

There is, however, a gray area of decision-making that we are currently in, balancing our social contribution with the potential of adding to the rise of the infection curve rather than flattening it.

As the owner of Prevail Physical Therapy, in agreement with our team, I’m choosing to keep our doors open, but with evolving changes.

I harbor no illusion of heroism, or that Prevail PT will win the fight with COVID-19. But I do know that we can help keep critical people where they need to be. For example, currently we have PT patients that include an MD, a respiratory therapist and a fire fighter. These are our new battlefield soldiers, and I’ll work to keep every one of them on the front lines right now. If you look at the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce list, you’ll be surprised by the variety of jobs that are considered critical. I’m sure by now you’ve also realized how important grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, and food handlers have become much more socially valuable than they were a month ago, and we’ll help them to keep doing their vital work as well.

Bruk Ballenger, PT, DPT, Founder

These are the steps we’re taking to mitigate risk.

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Minimizing direct person-to-person contact

  • We are now using telehealth to provide our services remotely.
  • Clinicians are varying their treatment methods to lower the demand of physical contact.
  • We are temporarily discontinuing some services to decrease the flow of people into the clinic.
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Sanitization

  • All surfaces & items that come into patient contact will be cleaned or eliminated between patients.
  • The first and/or last 5-10 minutes of scheduled appointment time may be didicated to cleaning & sanitizing workstations.
  • “Unclean Zone” established to hold items used by patients & clinicians that have not been cleaned yet.
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Clinic Entry Limitations

  • We are taking the temperature of every entrent before they are granted access to the clinic.
  • Any patient or staff member who is experiencing suspect symptoms are not allowed into the clinic space until they have communicated with their medical provider for guidance.
  • Deliveries and other entrants will no longer be allowed into the clinic space if not for patient care.
  • Those accompanying patients to their appointments are asked to wait in their cars when possible.
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Social Distancing

  • We are increasing physical distance between people withing the clinic when possible.
  • Staff and their families have adopted social distancing methods approaching “shelter in place” standards to decrease the number of possible transmission vectors into the clinic.

We are now offering telemedicine as an alternative to in-office visits.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Below are a few platforms that we’ve found helpful in delivering accurate & up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Washington State Department of Health Resources & Recommendations

King County Public Health Recommendations 

U.S. Food & Drug Recommendations

Resource Information for Workers Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

U.S. Dept. of Labor Coronavirus Resources

Benefits.gov : Coronavirus Resources