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CORONAVIRUS:  PRAIRIE SEA CLINIC NEWS SOURCE

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PRAIRIE SEA INFORMATION PAGE

NEWS FEED UPDATED 03/24/2020 11:12 pm

 

Prairie SEA: Sinus  Ear  & Allergy  has been closely monitoring current conditions

Please scroll down below for NEWS ARCHIVE, CLINIC INFORMATION, VIDEO VISIT INFORMATION, AND PRAIRIE SEA URGENT CARE INFORMATION GUIDE

Prairie SEA News Update: 03/22/2020 11:59 PM

All elective ENT activities have been stopped at Prairie SEA Clinic due to the specific risks that exist at this time related to coronavirus.  With that in mind, there are now new care requirements for the ENT patients that we see on an urgent or emergent basis.  We are providing this information to you at this time in order to assist with understanding why we are taking such drastic actions at our clinic during the pandemic.  We are here to help and trying to advocate for your health.  We are working to secure a safe and healthy environment anywhere that care is sought in our community.  Hospitals and clinics in other countries have been a key site of infection spread and we are trying to prepare you, our patient and your families, as we all share this national crisis.  Its going to get worse before it gets better. When you are seeking ENT care, please note that we will now need to wear extensive protective equipment.

NEW AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY (ENT) PATIENT CARE GUIDELINE WITH RESPECT TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS:

"When a detailed examination or surgical procedure is necessary for urgent or emergent care and the COVID-19 status of the patient cannot be confirmed, then the patient should be handled as if they are COVID-19 positive. This consideration should apply regardless of whether in an office, hospital,.or operating room setting. Furthermore, the provider and surrounding staff must have the necessary PPE"

https://www.entnet.org/content/otolaryngologists-and-covid-19-pandemic

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Prairie SEA News Update: 03/21/2020 9:25 am

Elective Medical Care; Free Coronavirus video-visits in CA; US on trajectory to become stricken like Italy:  


US on trajectory to become stricken like Italy: Currently the US is on a trajectory to have Italy like disease in several parts of the country, likely also in ND:  https://www.vox.com/futureperfect/2020/3/20/21179040/coronavirus-us-italy-not-overreacting


ELECTIVE MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CARE: There is controversy in the United States about what to do right now with many hospitals not following the CMS directive to stop elective surgery.  It is variable in California at an epicenter and North Dakota as well.As people are dying in New York, begging for supplies, reusing masks, we should not be doing truly elective cases or seeing elective patients in hospital or clinics – unless they place a patient at risk for harm in the next 60-90 days for lack of surgery or clinical care.  Video visits are essential.

SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION REGARDING PRAIRIE SEA CLINIC CANCELLATION OF ELECTIVE MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CARE AND VIDEO VISITS 

ELECTIVE SURGERY CONTROVERSY: Hospitals in California continue elective surgery while others have no masks and personal protective equipment: https://khn.org/news/some-hospitals-continue-with-elective-surgeries-despite-covid-19-crisis

ELECTIVE SURGERY UPDATE:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that all elective surgeries, non-essential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and other Hospital systems within the United States have stopped all elective clinic visits as well.

New Otolaryngology Recommendations to stop elective medical practice: http://msg.entnet.org/c/11uxe6SCplDU1icsAZ8Jilv4LPyW

American Academy Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery supports CMS-Specific ENT-Nasal Policy: http://msg.entnet.org/c/11uxe8ggkAILvQ05EBPM65TE1xIf

American Academy of Ophthalmology advises immediate cessation of elective medical and surgical care: https://www.aao.org/headline/alert-important-coronavirus-context

Free Coronavirus video-visits in CA:  Some hospitals switching to free video visits for corona virus patient care to prevent community spread: https://www.dignityhealth.org/coronavirus-disease-2019.


WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR SHARE - STAY HOME, AND HELP YOUR NEIGHBORS

https://www.cms.gov/…/cms-releases-recommendations-adult-el…

https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/15-days-slow-spread

STAY AT HOME; STAY 6 FEET APART; WASH YOUR HANDS.


 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PRAIRIE SEA INFORMATION PAGE

CANCELLATION OF ELECTIVE CLINIC VISITS AND SURGERY

Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy is closely following the unprecedented global Coronavirus pandemic crisis. Due to limited government Covid-19 testing capabilities, international shortages of medical protective and treatment supplies, and local community person to person viral spread, we are taking aggressive actions.

Prairie SEA Clinics: Prairie Sinus Ear & Allergy and Prairie SEA Hearing Center 

will cease providing any in-person treatment other than urgent or emergent care effective immediately


WE ARE NOW OFFERING

VIDEO VISITS

https://prairieseaclinic.video-visits.com

STARTING IMMEDIATELY

IN PLACE OF IN-PERSON ELECTIVE OFFICE VISITS

SCREENING for URGENT VISITS

NOW A COVERED SERVICE FOR BLUE CROSS NORTH DAKOTA, SANFORD, MEDICARE, MEDICAID and other insurances


SOCIAL DISTANCING / FLATTENING THE CURVE:

We encourage all health professionals and hospital systems in the great state of North Dakota to immediately to follow our lead, CMS recommendations, and our colleagues in Ophthalmology to "flatten the curve" of the number of cases. Flattening the curve will reduce the number of simultaneous cases of Coronavirus so that our hospital system in North Dakota is not overwhelmed.

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-one-week-enforce-social-distancing-flatten-curve-coronavirus-2020-3


HOSPITAL CAPACITY/MEDICAL SUPPLIES/VENTILATORS/DIALYSIS UPDATES

New York, Washington State, and California are going to exceed their hospital capacities in the near future with military hospital ships, portable army hospitals, hotels, and public buildings, currently or to be summoned and utilized to each coast. North Dakota has lifted geographic restrictions to medical practice in North Dakota to permit out of state assistance to our community from regional health systems.

Here in North Dakota it appears to us that we are following the same epidemiologic trajectory as hot spots in the United States with documented community spread in our community in Burleigh and Morton counties.

We only have 286 ventilators at this time in the entire state of North Dakota.

https://www.health.nd.gov/map-ventilators-county

https://www.nbcnews.com/…/who-gets-ventilator-hospitals-fac…


PREPARING FOR URGENT CARE VISITS AT PRAIRIES SEA CLINICS 

 Prairie SEA Clinic takes special measures to reduce your potential risks both before, during and after your office visit

Contact us at (701) 805-8057 BEFORE ARRIVING IF
 

IF     You have Recently traveled outside North Dakota (Less than 3 weeks ago)

IF     You have had exposure to someone with Coronavirus

IF     You are sick: Call us for directions. Do not come to office or head to the ER

  • Do NOT come to the office if you are sick
  • Do NOT bring sick guests with you to the office

IF     You have Possible symptoms of coronavirus: 

  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Dizziness

        Please attend your appointment without children <18 or extra people (<1)

  • unless they are patients
  • Limit guests to 1 (one) per patient. 
  • Everyone is subject to medical screening before admission to our clinic

        Chemotherapy and immune suppressed patients:  

  • please contact us before you attend appointments to coordinate your care

        Patients wtih Special medical needs or age > 60: You may have increased risk:

  • Please  stay home whenever possible to limit your risks.  Examples include but are not limited to asthma, active cancer, immune suppression, diabetes. Please contact us before you attend appointments to coordinate your care

VIDEO VISITS / TELEMEDICINE

https://prairieseaclinic.video-visits.com

NOW AVAILABLE TO HELP COORDINATE YOUR CARE

COVERED SERVICE FOR BLUE CROSS NORTH DAKOTA, SANFORD, MEDICARE, MEDICAID and other insurances


ADDITIONAL HELPFUL CORONAVIRUS LINKS

*  CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

*  NORTH DAKOTA DEPT OF HEALTH GUIDELINES: https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus

*  NORTH DAKOTA CORONAVIRUS NEWS FEED: https://www.health.nd.gov/news

*  CORONAVIRUS NORTH DAKOTA HOTLINE AND PREPARATION GUIDELINES:  https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-public

*  15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD (CDC/WhiteHouse): https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

*  SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES:  VIRUS SPREAD MAY OCCUR BEFORE SYMPTOMS:  HELP PROTECT PEOPLE JUST LIKE US, PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND CO-WORKERS, AND COMMUNITY:  https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/16/816490025/quarantine-self-isolation-social-distancing-what-they-mean-and-when-to-do-them

*  CHILDCARE AWARE - CHILDCARE RESOURCE INFORMATION:  https://ndchildcare.org/providers/coronavirus.html

*  BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOL INFORMATION: https://www.bismarckschools.org/covid-19

*  NORTH DAKOTA DEPT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION INFORMATION: https://www.nd.gov/dpi/nddpi-updates-and-guidance-covid-19

*  HANDWASHING GUIDELINES POSTER: http://blogs.und.edu/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/127/2020/03/NDDOH-Prevent-COVID-19.pdf

*  SEASONAL FLU VS CORONAVIRUS INFOGRAPHIC (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/freeresources/graphics/seasonal-vs-pandemic-flu-infographic.htm

 

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Prairie Sinus Ear & Allergy PC

3000 N 14th St 3rd FloorBismarck, ND 58503
 

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