The current Covid-19 (commonly referred to as Coronavirus) pandemic has affected all health systems and the manner in which they provide care.  The virus is very contagious with potential severe health effects. Due to this, health care across the country is being limited to help prevent the spread of the virus.  Our clinic will be following guidelines set out by local, state and federal officials to limit elective office visits that could be seen at another time in all individuals but especially in elderly patients, those with lung disease, and those on immune suppressing medications.  We will be transitioning appropriate patients to our telemedicine program to better serve our patients and decrease risk. We will continue to see patients and perform surgery for those patients with emergency, urgent, and semi-urgent concerns (health issues which would result in potential significant permanent health effects if the condition was not evaluated, a proper diagnosis was not made, and/or the condition treated with medical or possibly surgical management within 4-6 weeks).  This includes when needed evaluating potential time sensitive conditions so we know their state and getting them worked up as necessary.  If a patient needs non-urgent surgery they will be on a list to perform once we know we can safely.

As the virus resides within the nose, healthcare professionals who examine and work in these areas are at particular risk. Based on information obtained from areas affected already to a significant degree by the pandemic it has been identified that Otolaryngologists, surrounding staff, and patients are especially vulnerable to viral transmission at high rates and to more severe levels of disease through mucus, blood, and aerosolized particles when examining or operating in these areas.  Due to the very high concentration of virus in the nose and the risk of spread with aerosolization, we are not performing nasal or laryngeal scopes or nasal procedures in office and only in emergency situations in the operating room.  These procedures require a negative flow room and full protective gear (“space suits”) to keep patients and providers safe; so if these procedures are urgently or emergently necessary we will triage them to the ER for care under appropriate precautions.  ENT Specialties is suspending any elective surgeries that involve the nose, sinuses, pharynx or larynx due to the high risk of transmission of the virus when operating in these areas (including T&A). Surgeries already scheduled will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later date, when we feel it is safer to proceed. We will continue to perform a select number of surgeries which we feel are semi-elective such as ear tubes in children who have infections not clearing with antibiotics, as waiting months in these patients may not be appropriate.  

If you are unsure if you have an urgent issue, we would be happy to triage the decision as to if you should be seen now, or in the future. Our group will continue to cover Bryan Health Center and provide care in the hospital setting. We are looking forward to the return of normalcy in the future and will be ramping up services at the time to address unmet Ear, Nose and Throat needs in the community. If you have concerning symptoms for Covid-19, please access the Bryan Health Hospital protocol for being tested. Please be safe and follow all community health recommendations.

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