Addressing COVID-19 Concerns
- Written by Heather Jeffcoat, DPT
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Addressing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns:
Here at Femina Physical Therapy, we are following COVID-19 along with the rest of the world. Our offices have always followed Universal Precautions and follow CDC infection control guidelines. LA Mayor Garcetti's Executive Order specifically lists Physical Therapy as EXEMPT from the order, allowing our offices to remain open at this time. In order to reduce patient and therapist risks, we have a number of policies in place to redue exposure. Related to COVID-19 per CDC’s website, “Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out public" and to "Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others". Additionally Los Angeles County and the City of Glendale (where our Montrose office is located) mandates people have face masks going in to essential businesses.
In addition, CDC also recommends following everyday preventive actions, such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick.”
As far as our company policies, staff continue to wash their hands before and after every patient encounter, cleans exercise equipment after each patient, uses fresh professionally laundered linens for each patient and we mandate that if patients are febrile or have traveled from higher risk areas to please cancel your appointment to avoid the spread of infection. More recent measure have included building in a 15 minute cleaning break between patients and staggering patient appointments to reduce the risk of patients or therapists crossing each other. The cleaning break is to disinfect the table, door handles in/out of clinic and in/out of treatment rooms, exercise equipment, athletic mats, modality surfaces, counter tops, light switches, restoom door handles, faucet handles and restroom keys. We use hospital grade disinfectants (Virucidal and Germicidal) that are approved for use against COVID-19. Additionally, all therapists have N-95 masks, which we thankfully had picked up during last years fires in LA.
With these changes, please bear with us as we may need to move your appointment time to accommodate these new protocols we have put in place.
We will continue to update our policies in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Thank you! Team Femina Physical Therapy (and Fusion Wellness & Physical Therapy)