Los Angeles Plastic Surgery Center Precautions During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Era
By: dr kenneth hughes
Any patient who has fever or cough or upper respiratory symptoms or who has been exposed to anyone with fever and/or COVID-19 will be asked to delay surgery. These measures have been implemented and will continue for the near future.
Dr. Kenneth Hughes, in coordination with other plastic surgery leaders, anesthesiologists, hospital and surgery center personnel, has developed a protocol to assure the highest level of safety while COVID-19 concerns persist. Dr. Hughes's office staff takes many precautions to combat coronavirus transmission.
Any patient in the office is seen in a particular exam room that has surfaces that can be readily cleansed with antiviral wipes. All surfaces, handles, exam room tables, and chairs are vigorously disinfected before and after each patient encounter. Secondly, the cleaning crew is on site every day to clean floors, bathrooms, fixtures, equipment, and even ceilings. All surgeries are scheduled apart from each other so that the surgical patient is the only individual in the surgery center other than the staff members. All family members or friends asked to remain outside the surgery center at all times as long as Covid-19 concerns are prevalent.
Masks, goggles, and gloves are worn with follow-up patients and surgical patients. Any non-urgent patient follow-ups are conducted over the phone or through email to minimize the influx of people into the office.
There are many other aspects to this system of protection against coronavirus at Hughes Plastic Surgery. However, protection against the spread of coronavirus involves maintaining clean hands and body surfaces, contact surfaces on which the coronavirus can live, and air portals through which the virus can be transmitted. Dr. Kenneth Hughes's surgery center has an ultrafast air filtration system, which circulates the room volume 30 times an hour. As a last measure, this same filtration system has a UV lighting apparatus, which kills viral particles on contact. It is important to realize that all of these components protect not only against coronavirus, but other infections as well. Finally, Dr. Kenneth Hughes has ordered special filters for the ventilators to trap any particles exhaled by patients during surgery.
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