Dear Valued Patients,

Midsouth Pain Treatment Center and MidSouth Interventional Pain Institute are committed to providing you quality care during the coronavirus outbreak.

MIDSOUTH PAIN TREATMENT CENTER IS CONSIDERED AN “ESSENTIAL BUSINESS” ACCORDING TO ALL OF THE CITIES WHERE WE HAVE CLINICS AND SURGERY CENTERS, AND WE WILL REMAIN OPEN AT ALL LOCATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (Dated Week of March 23, 2020).

We will continue to follow CDC guidelines along with the recommendations from the World Health Organization and the state department of health. In response to the ongoing outbreak we have made the following enhancements to our office protocols of daily disinfecting of each facility and disinfecting patient rooms after each visit:

All patients will be required to disinfect their hands upon arrival using provided sanitizers.

All surfaces including countertops, pens, desktops, etc. will be disinfected multiple times per day.

At this time, we ask you to limit the number of guests brought into appointments to ONE. All others are asked to remain in their vehicles or at home.

For those having to wait inside the clinic, chairs have been separated to allow for social distancing.

All magazines, books, and other reading materials have been removed from our waiting area.

All patients will be given the option to wait in their vehicles after checking until their exam room is ready by providing a valid cell phone number.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS SUCH AS FEVER, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, OR ARE OTHERWISE UNWELL, you will be REQUIRED to reschedule your appointment. It is vital anyone with symptoms stay at home to prevent spread of the virus.

Please know that these procedures are in the best interest of our patients, staff, and families. The staff of MidSouth Pain Treatment Center and MidSouth Interventional Pain Institute are committed to providing you the highest standard of care and we appreciate your help during this time. We look forward to serving you now and long into the future.

 

In good health,

Your Friends at MidSouth Pain Treatment Center, LLC and MidSouth Interventional Pain Institute, LLC

FAQ’s

COVID-19, more commonly known as Coronavirus disease 2019, is a new strand of a common virus that is infecting people across the globe. Related to the Severe Acute Respiratory Virus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), this strand has not yet been seen in humans and a vaccine is currently unavailable.

The outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has since spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11 after more than 118,000 cases of the virus were reported across 114 countries.

The WHO lists common signs of infection include:

Respiratory symptoms

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, infection can cause:

 

Pneumonia

Severe acute respiratory syndrome

Kidney failure

Death

Most people (about 80% according to the WHO) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. However, older people, and

those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

 

Protecting Yourself:

To protect yourself from the virus and to help stop the spread, follow these

recommendations put out by the WHO:

 

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them

with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses

that may be on your hands.

Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or

mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets,

including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can

transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and

can make you sick.

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent

elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the

directions of your local health authority.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow

your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

To keep anxiety levels down, and reduce the crush on local healthcare during the coronavirusflow chart of symptoms

pandemic, it’s important to know the difference between seasonal allergies or other illnesses

and the more serious COVID-19.

 

However it is important to note that some people who become infected, won’t develop any

symptoms. It’s important to continue to remain vigilant on washing your hands and

practicing social distancing.

 

Coronavirus

Shortnesss of breath

Fever

Cough

Fatigue

Weakness

 

Flu

Fever

Cough

Fatigue

Weakness

Exhaustion

 

Common Cold

Sneezing

Runny nose

Mild chest discomfort

 

Allergies

Itchy eyes

Sneezing

Runny nose

Stay in the know, but don’t obsess! It’s important to remain informed, but obsessing over every post about the virus might do more harm

than good, especially to your mental health. According to  Northwestern University Psychologist Stewart Shankman, “There’s a point where

information gathering could become problematic…and could have the unintended effect of driving up your fear”, thus inducing more anxiety and panic.

Focus on eating well and sleeping well. Evidence has shown that eating well, exercising, and sleeping help boost immunity and promote

feelings of well-being.

Try to maintain a “normal” routine. While it might be hard to keep up with your daily routine be it because you are working from home,

plans/events canceled, etc., it’s important to stay engaged in as many of your normal activities as possible.

Wash your hands, thoroughly and often! During an outbreak, proper hand-washing is your best defense against a virus. So, follow the

evidence-based advice to wash for 20 seconds (2 rounds of singing “Happy Birthday” should do it!) or more using soap and water.

 

Please know that these procedures are in the best interests of our patients, staff, and families. The staff of MidSouth Pain Treatment Center and MidSouth Interventional Pain Institute are committed to providing you the highest standard of care and we appreciate your help during this time.

We look forward to serving you now and long into the future.

Your Friends at MidSouth Pain Treatment Center, LLC and MidSouth Interventional Pain Institute, LLC

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