These are unprecedented times, with more coronavirus cases coming up in our communities as well as neighboring states and the world at large. We are all seeing an impact on our personal lives and in our clinics. Many of us are now real-time changing our work and home schedules.

As the situation changes, we will continue to post relevant updates, and recommend to work with local public health organizations as well as Oregon Health Authority to create individual approaches to providing specialty ambulatory care.

We need to protect our community from exacerbating the risk of spread of this virus, as well as find ways to be there for our patients. 

In general, many specialty clinics are starting to move towards seeing urgent patients only, screening out patients with upper respiratory symptoms, and moving to telemedicine platforms if possible. Some are closing for 1-2 weeks.

This is a set of general recommendations/guidance to have as a resource as we formulate own plans for our clinics.

1.    Scheduling:

  • seeing urgent only or move to virtual visits
  • contact patients and reschedule
  • all non-essential visits
  • all patients who have URI symptoms or fever, recent travel, exposure to coronavirus
  • all patients in long term care facilities
  • all patients who are immunosuppressed or on biologics
  • other high risk groups: 80 years old and above, or 60 years old and above with pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney diseases, pulmonary diseases
  • offer phone and virtual visits if possible. Check that virtual visit platform is HIPPA compliant.
  • extend refills
  • consider increasing clinic days in few months to accommodate all the rescheduled patients

2.    In clinic:

  • all staff and providers should start self-monitoring for URI symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, dry cough, shortness of breath, fever >100). Those who have those symptoms are to stay home until all symptoms resolve.
  • all staff and providers who come into contact with coronavirus to follow public health recommendations for quarantine.
  • all staff/providers: consider policy of 2 week quarantine for high risk countries international travel, and review frequently for need of quarantine with all other travel.
  • all staff that can work from home, should do so
  • increasing cleaning schedules of all frequently touched surfaces
  • increase space in waiting rooms between seats if possible
  • remove all non-essential frequently touched objects: magazines, brochures, samples, snacks, coffee machines, etc
  • consider a screening person at the entrance to screen patients who are coming in
  • front desk staff: consider protective gear PPE if able to reuse. 
  • MA/providers: consider protective gear such as shields, gowns, masks with every patient, but definitely with patients who are seen and are themselves in a mask due to having symptoms
  • new guidelines are to limit use of PPE, as there is a shortage, so any time it can be avoided to see a patient that would require PPE, it needs to be undertaken. Hence rescheduling anyone we can. See below.
  • contact public health department if there was an exposure or follow your institutions risk management

Here is an AAD website for reference: https://www.aad.org/member/practice/managing/coronavirus?utm_term=posted%20a%20new%20webpage%20on%20AAD.org 

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HERE IS ALSO UPDATE FROM CLACKAMAS, MULTNOMAH AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES CLINICIAN ALERT AND INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 IN OREGON AS OF 3/16/2020:Regional and statewide supplies of disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) including eye protection, gloves, gowns and masks may be depleted in approximately 2 weeks. We do not know when supplies will be replenished.Major health systems in the Portland metro area are coordinating their response to an expected surge in patients needing hospital-level care. Based on early modeling, a surge could begin in the next 1-2 weeks.

Tatyana Shaw, MD

Oregon Dermatology Society


Advancing Dermatologic Care in Oregon

To continually improve dermatologic care through education, advocacy, and service

The Oregon Dermatology Society was founded in 1985 and is affiliated with the American Academy of Dermatology.  ODS represents over 300 medical doctors, physicians assistants, and nurse practitioners in Oregon who specialize in dermatology. 

ODS holds its annual meeting in the summer each August at the Sunriver Resort.  The organization also holds half-day educational meetings with featured lectures and patient viewing/case discussion in most months September through April. These meetings are held in partnership with the Oregon Health & Science University Department of Dermatology.

Annual Summer Meeting in Sunriver 

Meeting Cancelled

2020 ODS Annual Summer Meeting

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