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Discussion: Colds and health care

in: revy; revy > 2020-03-13

Mar 15, 2020 11:21 AM # 
'Bent:
One of my key staff has a cold. No work for her. We’re down 2 now, so far...
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Mar 15, 2020 5:17 PM # 
revy:
Yes it is challenging. My Alberta colleagues say that currently staff with possible symptoms are being told that they still need to self-isolate for two weeks even if their testing comes back negative (or need a second test). Of course all this may change depending on resources. Our local capacity is excellent and I don't have much work scheduled for the next ten days so not a huge issue for us. But if we are short staffed I'll be working with PPE.

I also think that if we go into lockdown early there will be many locations where work may become very quiet as patients avoid seeing the doctor for routine issues. When our ski hill closes our ED volume will decrease significantly and with less traffic on the highways there should be less MVA's to deal with.
Mar 16, 2020 4:53 AM # 
Bash:
All the best and thank you for being ready to do whatever is needed.

Late this afternoon 'Bent's governing body finally made a statement strongly recommending that dental offices do only essential and/or emergency work. After hours of research and stress, we'd already decided to work toward that over the next couple of days anyway. For Monday, 'Bent was just going to cancel routine procedures for patients age 70+ with a polite excuse about reorganizing the schedule to focus on urgent procedures in anticipation of full shutdown. In light of the new announcement, we're thinking 'Bent's office will soon shut down completely. We're honestly relieved. 'Bent has 6 staff so it means a big financial hit for us - but it's the right thing to do.

This chart in the NY Times was helpful in reaching our decision - in addition to flattening the curve. The occupation with the highest risk on this chart is dental hygienist, with dentists and dental assistants close behind. Your position on the chart is not enviable either.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/15/bus...
Mar 16, 2020 11:17 AM # 
'Bent:
Yep, lockdown - no routine procedures.
If only it happened during the good snow!
I will be helping out my staff where I can, as it’ll be a hardship for them.
Mar 16, 2020 2:58 PM # 
revy:
It will be a difficult time financially for a lot of people. If everyone had a three month buffer of rainy day funds this would be much more manageable but of course most people are living paycheck to paycheck.

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