COVID Precautions at La Jolla Vein Care Updated 9.15.2020

Our highest priority is to continue providing the highest standard in vein care in a safe environment for our patients and staff. We have created and implemented a strategic plan using best available practices to minimize the risk of person-to-person COVID-19 exposure in our practice. These guidelines are in compliance with all State, Local, and CDC guidelines and guidance of the CMA, California Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control. As an alternative option to in-office visits, telemedicine appointments continue to be available.

What we’re doing:

1. Prior to every visit, we will ask you screening questions, 24 hrs and 1 hr before your appointment.

2. When you enter the Ximed building your temperature is taken and you must wear a face covering.

3. When you enter our waiting room you will notice that some chairs have been removed in accordance with national social-distancing recommendations.

4. We are eliminating coffee service, snacks and water coolers from our waiting area to reduce chance of community transmission.

5. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the office.

6. Additional HEPA air filters are in each room.

7. Dedicated sanitization personnel, to ensure frequent and vigilant disinfecting of not only exam rooms, but lobby, and all high-touch areas, countertops and doorknobs.

8. Less appointments will be scheduled throughout the day so that there will be minimal people in the lobby, with little or no wait time.

9. Virtual check in from your car. Check in from your car, and you will be notified when your room is ready.

10. Daily, we are screening our staff and following CDC guidelines by our dedicated Health Safety Officer.

11. We perform COVID testing on our staff biweekly.

12. COVID testing is available in our office.

13. You will notice that all our team members will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and eye protection. In addition to gloves, the physicians and team members thoroughly wash their hands before and after each patient they care for.

14. Only essential work staff will be in our clinical suite 530. Administrative staff work in suite 410

What we ask from you:

1. Please wear your face covering, and keep it on throughout your visit.

2. In order to enter the Scripps XiMED building, you will need a mask and your temperature will be taken. Please note only the front entrance is open at the Scripps XiMED building. There is currently no third floor acces via the parking structure.

3. Please do not bring guests with you.

4. Please fill out any forms electronically if able and return them prior to your appointment.

5. We encourage Virtual options when possible.

Employee Policies for return to work

  •  Employees are screen daily for temperature and symptoms.
  •  Employees are tested biweekly for COVID. If an employee should test positive for COVID, below is the return to work policy.

Policies for Return to Work Criteria for Healthcare Provider (HCP) with SARS-CoV-2 Infection (based on CDC guidelines)

Symptom-based strategy for determining when HCP can return to work.

HCP with mild to moderate illness who are not severely immunocompromised:

  •  At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  •  At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  •  Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

Note: HCP who are not severely immunocompromised and were asymptomatic throughout their infection may return to work when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test.

HCP with severe to critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised:

  •  At least 10 days and up to 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
  •  At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  •  Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved