Alyeska Vascular Surgery COVID-19 Patient Advisory
Dear valued patients of Alyeska Vascular Surgery:
Alyeska Vascular Surgery (AVS) remains well-informed about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) or SARS-CoV-2 threat as well as its level of impact on Alaska and our patient population. We find it increasingly important to continue to support Alaska in times of uncertainty especially so when our patients are at risk. Therefore Alyeska Vascular Surgery will continue to see and treat patients as the vascular specialty is deemed critical for our community. As of the date of this memo (3.19.2020), with the support of Alaska’s hospital systems and our own Outpatient Interventional Suite, we are able to support our patients with manageable interruption.
However, as concerns continue to arise with the virus, we suspect the manageability of healthcare will becoming challenging, yet feasible. In this effort AVS has increased its sanitary protocols. We also require any AVS employee whom experience symptoms to be tested and or work remotely in order to further protect our patients. Similarly we encourage all patients to acknowledge the following:
- Patients are encouraged to inform AVS prior to and day of the appointment if they are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Inform us of recent domestic or international travel within the last 14 days.
- Utilize our Sani-stations which are equipped with sanitary products to include optional masks and gloves. Patients experiencing symptoms will be required to wear a masks/gloves during visit.
- Practice social distancing by sitting 3-6 feet from other patients
To learn more about symptoms of COVID-19 please visit: https://bit.ly/2QwKNHI
We are following the Centers for Disease Control and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services guidelines. All employees are educated progressively about the virus.
Actions we can all take to slow the spread of the disease:
- Practice prevention
- Stay home when sick – and until fever-free for 24 hours
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or with a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
- Avoid touching face, mouth, eyes with hands
- Avoid contact with anyone who has traveled outside of the United States
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proactive measures we are taking, please call the office, at 907-562-8346.
For updated accurate information please visit the Centers for Disease Control and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in the links below.