MoodMonitor is committed to helping clinicians provide the best possible care for their patients during this global pandemic.
On March 24, 2020 the American Society of Ketamine Physicians issued a statement that ketamine therapy is an essential service that cannot be interrupted during this crisis.
“Our patients who suffer from severe depression and suicidality do not suddenly get better just because there is a pandemic. In fact, they are likely to struggle more. Continuing to offer treatment to high risks populations significantly alleviates the additional strain that would otherwise be placed on emergency rooms and urgent care settings,” says Sandhya Prashad, MD, Board Member and Secretary for ASKP.
As many clinics remain open, they have issued suggestions for clinics on best practices during this national crisis.
From the “COVID-19: Providing Quality Care and Safe Practices” webinar on March 24, 2020.
Continuing Safe Treatment
- As healthcare providers, we must put the health and safety of not only ourselves and our staff, but all patients as our top priority.
- Increasing time in-between patients.
- Hand washing or hand sanitizing required for everybody entering.
- Having patients bring their own blankets, pillows, eye masks.
- Notify all patients ahead of time that they cannot come to the office if they are sick, including minor cold symptoms, but particularly fever, cough, fatigue, sputum, and shortness of breath. Remember 80% of patients have mild or no symptoms.
- Patients who are doing well and on maintenance treatments, try to postpone care if possible. Risk/benefit analysis.
- Patients who are elderly with medical comorbidities, try to postpone care if possible. Informed consent. Mutual decision making.
- Ask if they have a family member or close contact who is sick, and if so, try to postpone treatment. Household transmission is common. Viral shedding occurs prior to and after symptoms.
- Limit who comes to the office. Try to have family members wait outside to pick up patients if possible.
- Clean all surfaces in the office with alcohol-based wipes multiple times a day.
- Have patients and staff wash their hands for 20 seconds before starting treatment.
- Keep patients, staff and family members separated by 6 feet while in the office at all times when possible.
- Do therapy and KAP sessions using telemedicine.