2020 COVID-19 Office Policies & Procedures

 

The following is a list of procedures set forth by the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for practices in the United States to help keep practitioners and their patients safe.   AcuTherapy will not be an exception.

1.  Prescreening

You will receive a telephone call within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment to verify that you do not have the following symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Digestive upset

  • Body aches/soreness

  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

 

If you have any of these symptoms, you will be advised to stay home.  If you arrive to the office with any of these symptoms, you will not be able to receive a treatment.  COVID-19 symptomatic or positive patients will not be treated on-site.

2.  Arrival to the clinic

Please let me know when you are at the entrance door (text/call:  6176-694-9415) and I will come down to open the main doors for you.

 

3.  Masks 

Masks must be worn at all times.  Please do not forget your mask.

 

4.  Pen

Please bring your own pen to fill out some brief paperwork to receive treatment during the pandemic.

 

5.  Washing, Sanitizing Hands

Before entering the clinic, you will be required to wash your hands and then apply hand sanitizer, which will be provided.

 

6.  Temperature

I will open the door for you and invite you in to check your temperature.  If favorable, you will head directly to the treatment room.

*Please note that anything the patient may come into contact with will be cleaned with EPA acceptable disinfectant spray prior to arrival and again after every appointment to ensure our safety.  Hands will be washed before, during and after each treatment and then sanitized.  Clothing will be changing also, as I am required to wear PPE for your safety and mine, including scrubs, lab coat, mask, glasses, gloves and maybe a hat.

 

7.  Payment

At this time, only electronic payment will be accepted:  ApplePay, PayPal, Square Cash.  I will not be able to accept credit or debit cards.  If you have an iPhone and need help setting up ApplePay, I can help you.  If you do not have an iPhone, you may use the Square Cash app (very secure, belonging to the Square Company) and I will send you the invite (cash back for first time use due to the referral) and help you set it up.  If you choose to pay me via PayPal, please use my email address (wlacoss@gmail.com) and select the friends/family option when prompted to avoid any fees (I believe you will be able to use your credit card with this option if you choose).

 

If you have any questions about the new office policies, please do not hesitate to reach out:  wlacoss@gmail.com or call/text:  (617) 694-9415.

 

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Below is more information on what you can do on your own to keep your immunity strong to help fight the virus if you do come into contact with it:

 

Always Observe the Basics!

  • Always carry/wear your mask and carry your own pen – to use to write as well as to push buttons (i.e. pin pads at ATMs or stores/restaurants, elevator buttons, etc.)

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Keep a 6-foot distance from anyone around you (in front as well as to the sides; be mindful when checking out at a register).

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-90% alcohol, if soap and water are not available. (COVID-19 can transmit through both respiratory droplets and via stool, so careful handwashing is critical.)

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. Cough or sneeze into your elbow and not your hand if you do not have a tissue available. If you contaminate your hand and then touch other objects, you will spread the virus.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-90% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

 

Prevention of Viral Illnesses and Self-Care Advice

(From the International College of Integrative Medicine)

 

  • Eat clean food (fresh, local, mostly produce, free of preservatives, dyes, additives and pesticides) – lots of fruits and vegetables, and also nuts and seeds.

  • Drink clean water (filtered, not from a plastic bottle).

  • Exercise most days of the week. (30 min to target heart rate 5 days per week)

  • Sleep soundly 7 to 8 hours per night.

  • Spend time daily in gratitude, prayer, and meditation.

  • Consider daily saline lavage of mucus membranes (neti pot).

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick. (14 days quarantine after known COVID-19 exposure)

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Pay attention to instructions. Some cleaners require 10 MINUTES of contact time for disinfection to occur.

 

Supplements

The physicians of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine urge a nutrient-based method to prevent or minimize symptoms for future viral infection. The following inexpensive supplemental levels are recommended for adults; for children reduce these in proportion to body weight:

 

  1. Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.

  2. Vitamin D3: 2,000 International Units daily. (Start with 5,000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2,000)

  3. Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)

  4. Zinc: 20 mg daily

  5. Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily

AcuTherapy, LLC

(617) 694-9415

wlacoss@gmail.com

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