This past year has been challenging, but there are some silver linings: we have learned how to deliver care more safely by screening, testing, tracing, vaccinating, distancing, masking, triaging, and disinfecting. Telemedicine has become commonplace, and for a field like dermatology, it is especially useful. We have leveraged technology to make communication between patient, doctor, and staff more efficient, and to facilitate collaboration with other healthcare providers. We have pivoted and adapted and become more resourceful.
We are taking every precaution to safeguard our employees and our patients from Covid.
We have reduced the number of in-office staff
We have mandated all in-office staff be vaccinated
We screen in-office staff daily (temperature, smell test, questions)
We distance and we mask
We handwash/sanitize before and after each patient encounter
We encourage staff safety outside the office
We meet every morning to discuss, adapt, and reinforce these measures
Our low-traffic building offers touchless entry and exit
We no longer use our waiting room
We restrict office traffic to essential only
We disinfect surfaces after each patient encounter
We use air purifiers and regular ventilation (fortunately, we have windows!)
We offer virtual visits and online payment
We have a moratorium on cosmetic visits
We screen patients before entry
We require masks, and hand sanitizer upon entry
We recommend patients bring their own exam gown
We streamline visits to reduce your time in office
We ask you, please:
1. Unless you are high risk for skin cancer, postpone well visits.
2. Cancel your visit if you are ill/feverish, have lost your sense of smell/taste, have had recent travel, have tested positive to Covid-19 (or are awaiting test results), have been exposed to Covid-19, or have been instructed to quarantine.
3. Come to our office alone unless you need a chaperone.
4. Bring only the bare essentials with you to your visit. Avoid wearing makeup, nail polish, jewelry, and accessories.
5. Remain in your vehicle and call or text us at 914-768-4474 when you arrive.
6. Wear a face mask in the building. Use hand sanitizer when you enter our office, and as you leave.
7. Allow us to take your temperature upon your arrival with a no-contact thermometer.
8. Bring your own cover-up or robe.
9. Limit yourself to essential discussions with Dr. Goldwasser and her staff to reduce your time in the office.
Risk factors for serious infection include: advanced age, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, immunosuppression, some pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disease. If you have one or more risk factors, please call us so that we can advise you on your dermatologic care.
Recommended precautions for all:
1. Physical distancing (at least 6 feet)
2. Frequent thorough hand-washing or sanitization
3. Wearing a face mask in public
4. Maintenance of healthful diet, outdoor exercise/walking, hydration, and sleep habits
5. Avoidance of toxins like tobacco and alcohol
6. Avoidance of public buildings/stores, especially during high-traffic hours
7. Disinfection/cleaning of frequently touched surfaces with detergents or sanitizing agents
8. Self-isolation if you or someone in your household becomes ill or exposed to Covid-19
9. Use of virtual medical care when possible
10. Postponement of cosmetic procedures
11. Vaccination as soon as you are eligible
Thank you for cooperating with us in these infection control measures, for the sake of our patients, our workers, and the community at large. Let's meet the challenges together to ensure your responsible, uncompromised dermatologic care.