Coronavirus Preparedness Update
An Important Message from Tommy Schechtman MD, MSPH, FAAP on Pediatric Partners’ Coronavirus Preparedness
Thank you for entrusting Pediatric Partners with the care of your child. The safety and health of our patients, their families and staff is our top priority at all times. In an effort to provide timely and quality healthcare to all, we are modifying our schedules in each office to provide dedicated times for well visits (newborns, physical examinations and medication checks) and dedicated times for sick visits. We are also providing an option for telemedicine (remote video chat) appointments. It is extremely important that while we remain diligent on proper preparedness for coronavirus, it is just as important that our children receive timely immunizations for the many vaccine preventable diseases we can protect against.
As pediatricians, we believe it is essential that your child’s medical and behavioral health home is a place of care and comfort. For this reason our Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter offices will remain open during our regular practice hours to provide both sick and well visits with different dedicated appointment times. At Pediatric Partners we are taking the necessary extra steps to ensure that our exam & waiting rooms and high touch surface areas are thoroughly cleaned and all equipment is properly disinfected.
Pediatric Partners will continue to monitor COVID-19 CDC recommendations and will modify our policies as needed. Please visit our practice’s coronavirus’ website and our social media pages on Instagram (@pediatricpartnersfl) and Facebook for up-to-date information and ideas on how best to keep your children calm and engaged during these challenging times.
A Letter From Dr. Schechtman
|Dear Pediatric Partners’ patients, families, neighbors and staff:
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As a valued patient and partner of our Pediatric Partners’ family, I appreciate the trust you place in us every day for your child’s health care. In these times of rapid changes, our commitment remains unchanged to provide the best healthcare for you and your family.
We have implemented an enhanced triage system consisting of Pediatric Partners’ nurses and physicians who will remain available 24/7 to answer any of your questions and concerns regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). We have also provided additional training for our staff on infectious disease prevention including proper hand washing and frequent cleaning of high touch surface areas. We have always used CDC recommended cleaning techniques of our exam rooms between patient visits.
As always, the personal safety and health of our patients and employees is at the forefront of all of our daily decisions as we manage the quickly evolving epidemiology of this novel virus. We will continue to follow CDC (the Center for Disease Control and Prevention), Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations and guidelines. As pediatricians and leaders in our community, we will continue to approach decision making for individual patients, families and our staff based on sound clinical decision making, the same as we always have done.
Please go to our dedicated website for up-to-date information, https://www.pediatricpartners.com/coronavirus and to view our child friendly hand washing videos. Our website includes many helpful resources from trusted sources including how best to speak with your child regarding what is happening.
What we know so far is that children are fortunately not presenting with serious illness from Coronavirus. We must remain diligent and at the same time remain calm so together we can make the best decision for your child.
Here are some important facts to keep in mind from the Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of medicine:
Please do NOT go to the Emergency Department without calling us first. Our offices will remain open to provide routine care, newborn care, physical examinations, consults, med-checks and sick care (for all reasons, not just coronavirus). Our behavioral health team is also here to provide you with the support you may need.
I want to reassure you that I, along with my terrific team of pediatricians, nurse practitioners, nurses and our entire staff at Pediatric Partners will continue to be by your side as we partner together to help your child remain safe and healthy.
Pediatric Partners is with you, for your child, for years to come…..
Questions About COVID-19?
We are here for you to answer any questions you may have as we stay up-to-date with the CDC in regards to COVID-19
Please let us know if in the past 14 days you or anyone in your family has come into contact with someone with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 or traveled to a country or area that the CDC has issued a travel advisory for COVID-19.
Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Click HERE for more hand-cleaning tips from the CDC
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