Washington State has lifted the mask mandate for most public places; however, healthcare facilities are regulated differently than other businesses. The State of Washington still requires the use of masks in ALL healthcare facilities. Unless you are exempt from the mask mandate for age or documented medical reasons, we must insist that you continue to wear one. Thank you for your cooperation.
We understand the confusion this may cause, but we thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to seeing your smiling face soon!
We are cleaning and disinfecting patient contact surfaces (i.e., exam table, adjusting table), therapeutic devices, and equipment (i.e., Activator, laser, trigger point device, body scanner) between each patient. Longer appointment times are applied to allow adequate cleaning in between patients.
We plan to continue to provide chiropractic care with the high standard of safety protocols that were already in place and take all the necessary measures to ensure safe treatment procedures for our patients and staff.
The Washington State Department of Health considers chiropractic an essential healthcare service. The WSCA (Washington State Chiropractic Association) has already called on all Washington chiropractors to remain open and accept patients. Doctors of chiropractic are portals of entry health care providers and have the ability to provide differential diagnosis and either treat the patient or make a referral to an appropriate specialist. Considering the heavy burdens other segments of the healthcare system are currently experiencing, chiropractic care helps ease the burden and provide the care that patients need, and cannot receive elsewhere.
The office always follows standard protocols for cleaning hard surfaces, especially patient contact surfaces. Our daily cleaning procedures are already thorough at RYNK Chiropractic; however, we are taking extra time to clean and disinfect so that our facility remains a safe and welcome space for our patients. At this time, we are cleaning and disinfecting patient contact surfaces (i.e., exam table, adjusting table), therapeutic devices, and equipment (i.e., Activator, laser, trigger point device, body scanner) after each patient contact. We are also wiping down and disinfecting all desks, tables, handles, knobs, etc. on an hourly basis with extra vigilance.
In addition to our cleaning procedures following every patient visit, at the end of each day we are thoroughly disinfecting all hard surfaces, including door handles, drawer pulls, etc, and vacuuming soft surfaces. We are using air purifiers as well as increasing ventilation in our office. We will continue to monitor updated information and will maintain cleaning protocols as recommended by health care officials.
We are supporting emergency infectious disease control measures by following clinical guidelines regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health, and Washington State Chiropractic Association to minimize the risk of viral spread through chiropractic clinical care in our office. Notably, all patients need to consider these questions prior to visiting our office:
Do you have fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath?
Have you had close contact with a person who traveled to high-risk sites or has COVID-19?
We want to thank you for your on-going support. We will continue to keep you updated. The health and well-being of our families and patients are our highest priority.
Roy Jung, DC, CCSP