COVID-19 Safety Procedures & Updates
COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Coming
December 23, 2020
As a physician, Dr. Johnson feels this is a great way to prevent getting sick and recommends it to her patients. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are highly effective.
All vaccines can have side effects. If you have allergies, talk with your physician before getting vaccinated.
Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine has had three reported cases of facial swelling in patient’s who have had an injectable filler. Two patients had filler to the cheeks and one patient to the lips. In all three cases, the localized swelling resolved after treatment with antihistamines or steroids.
Update for Our Surgical Patients
December 9, 2020
As of Friday, December 11, 2020, all surgeries that we perform at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts will be done as an outpatient/daystay surgery until further notice.
In an effort to preserve inpatient beds and to free up necessary staff for the surge of COVID-19 cases that we are seeing in Massachusetts, our governor has put a limit on inpatient/overnight elective surgeries performed. Therefore, all patients having surgery with us at Baystate Medical Center will go home on the same day until further notice.
The recovery room will have extended hours to give patients adequate time for recovery until they meet the discharge criteria.
Helping to keep you safe
Our office is open for our normal business hours (M-F 8:00-4:30, closed 12-1 daily) and we are screening all visiting patients and employees with temperature checks. We are enforcing social distancing guidelines in our operations. One patient at a time. No family members with a patient (one may accompany a minor). Other family members wait in car, outside the office. Limit all non-essential visitors. Telehealth online video consultations are also available.
Our local hospital operating rooms where Dr. Johnson performs surgeries are now allowing elective surgery bookings again and they are screening patients with COVID-19 testing (RNA/PCR). Without a negative test, no surgery will be performed.
And we have reassessed our cleaning protocols. In addition to our multiple routine cleanings, we have added a daily deep clean. We have a separate entrance and exit to allow a one-directional flow, and to limit person-to-person interaction. We have also eliminated magazines and communal coffee. All patients and employees must wear a mask in our office.
Melissa Johnson, MD, FACS
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