As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to dominate headlines, Tennessee Orthopedics is actively monitoring and responding to this situation. We have implemented several policies to help mitigate the spread of germs in the office, including increased frequency in which we clean all surfaces throughout the office and limiting the number of people in the waiting rooms The health and safety of our patients and staff members is our top priority.
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, the CDC recommends you call your primary health care provider.
Most importantly, please protect yourself by washing your hands frequently with soap and water, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
For additional information about COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
TENNESSEE ORTHOPEDICS ROLE
In order to assist our community and lessen the burden to healthcare facilities during this time, we ask that you contact our office first (615-449-0990) for any urgent orthopedic conditions before going to an emergency room or urgent care office. Those facilities will be overloaded, and we all need to try not to burden the system. We will do our best to treat your urgent need and only direct you to those locations if necessary.
We at Tennessee Orthopedics appreciate the trust you place in us and it is an honor to care for you. During this unprecedented time, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this illness in the coming weeks. We can assure you we will do our best to continue to deliver the best care possible for all of our patients.
We encourage you to stay informed, practice social distancing, and assist our communities in getting through this time as safely as possible.
OFFICE VISITS (SCREENING, RE-SCHEDULING & TELEMEDICINE)
If you or anyone in your household is sick (fever, coughing, achiness) or experiencing signs or symptoms of a respiratory illness, we ask that you reschedule your appointment. No cancellation fees will be incurred.
In addition, if you or anyone in your household have been on a cruise or traveled internationally within the last 14 days, please contact our office to reschedule your appointment. No cancellation fees will be incurred.
Limitation of Visitors – To protect our patients, staff and family members we will be following the hospital policy of reducing family members/friends accompanying patients.
We are requesting patients to attend appointments alone, if possible. We will limit each patient to one (1) visitor only at his/her appointment.
Re-Scheduling – If you would like to reschedule your elective/non-emergent office visit (i.e. 6-month/1-year check up) please contact our office at (615) 449-0990.
Telemedicine – We are in the process of setting up an option to complete your office visit via a Telehealth visit, where you speak with a Tennessee Orthopedic provider by phone for elective/non-emergent appointment (i.e. 6-month/1-year check up). The telemedicine option would be charged as an office visit with your insurance provider.
WHAT IS MY RISK OF BECOMING SICK FROM COVID-19?
If you are in a group that has been identified as being at high risk for serious illness from coronavirus infection, you should also consider additional precautions such as limiting close contact with others, avoiding crowds, and avoiding cruise travel and non-essential air travel. Please refer to following CDC webpage for more detailed information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
For more information about who is at risk for serious illness from the coronavirus refer to the following information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM BECOMING SICK FROM COVID-19?
If you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus and develop any fevers/chills, cough, shortness of breath, or other concerning symptoms, call your primary doctor immediately. Please also refer to the following information provided by the CDC on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html.