COVID-19: Letter to our patients

As a chiropractic office, we understand and share our patients’ concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19. 

 

Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25.8, creating restrictions on social gatherings and occupancy limits in certain retail establishments until Dec. 14, 2020.  Washington State Chiropractic Association (WSCA) was made aware of these restrictions and the new restrictions DO NOT apply to healthcare settings. 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. 

General Information

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 also share a concern for our patients while they are out of the office.  The CDC has recommended the following everyday preventive actions to keep yourself and your family healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick. We are requiring patients we serve to reschedule their appointment if not feeling well. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Increase ventilation in your workspace, home and while driving

  • It is recommended you have a 14-day food supply at home for you and your family.

  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.

  • Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

 

Stay informed by referring to the following websites as new information is released, and follow public health advice.

 

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about our office procedures as we work together to stem the spread of Coronavirus.

 

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.

Sincerely,

Roy Jung, DC, CCSP

© 2020 RYNK CHIROPRACTIC