The Wright Center Implements Extra Safety Measures Including Negative-Pressure Tent At Mid Valley Practice
Out of an abundance of precaution and to alleviate patient concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, a negative-pressure tent has been set up outside of The Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice as part of the nonprofit’s ongoing preventative efforts to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
“This approach is all about being proactive,” said Dr. Jignesh Sheth, Chief Medical Officer. “Patients should rest assured that we are prepared and adaptable to this public health crisis. We are continuously working to improve our protocols so that we can continue to take care of our community.”
Patients who arrive at the Mid Valley Clinic, located at 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn, will be checked-in outside of the practice by a clinical worker. Those without COVID-19 symptoms will enter the clinic as usual for their appointments. Patients presenting with respiratory symptoms will be immediately masked and ushered into the negative-pressure tent where they will receive the same care as if they were in the clinic. Negative-pressure systems help control disease outbreaks because the air inside the tent does not leave the space, protecting others from exposure. Proper PPE including gowns, masks, face shields and gloves will be worn by all employees in the tent.
In addition to the Mid Valley negative-pressure tent, The Wright Center has also instituted the following safety and preventive measures: “dry fog” de-contamination at all sites using a fully biodegradable sporicide that leaves no residue or by-product; and freshly laundered scrubs for clinical employees. “These additional clinical precautions will ensure that safety is prioritized for all during this unprecedented time,” Dr. Sheth noted. “We will continue to closely monitor developments, consult with leading experts and work tirelessly to implement extra safety measures as part of our vigilance to prevent further transmission of this virus. These tents especially are a sign of The Wright Center’s readiness and commitment to patient and employee safety.”