What's New

COVID-19: If you feel your child may have contracted the current pandemic coronavirus please call our office and one of our nurses will discuss what steps should be taken. We are not currently testing at our facility due to a lack of available personal protective equipment for staff and patients. Check out the World Health Organization "Myth Busters" for up to date information on the current coronavirus outbreak. If you have any other questions or concerns please call our office to speak with one of our nurses.

We are currently using the following guidelines when talking to our patients about COVID19 and ofice visits or testing. 

 

Clinicians should use their judgment to determine if a patient has signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and whether the patient should be tested. Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever1 and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). Priorities for testing may include:

  1. Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.

  2. Other symptomatic individuals such as, older adults (age ≥ 65 years) and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).

  3. Any persons including healthcare personnel2, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact3 with a suspect or laboratory-confirmedCOVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas5 (see below) within 14 days of their symptom onset.

There are epidemiologic factors that may also help guide decisions about COVID-19 testing. Documented COVID-19 infections in a jurisdiction and known community transmission may contribute to an epidemiologic risk assessment to inform testing decisions. Clinicians are strongly encouraged to test for other causes of respiratory illness (e.g., influenza).

Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance about clinical management. Patients who have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek care immediately. Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physician early in the course of even mild illness.

 

Other resources include:

https://www.healthychildren.org/english/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx

https://us.cnn.com/2020/03/05/health/coronavirus-how-to-talk-to-children-trnd/index.html

 

EPIC MyChart Drs. van Beever and Alifano are now participating in the EPIC MyChart feature. This will allow parents access to their child's chart for lab results, imaging results, immunization history among other things. Parents will also be able to communicate directly with them through a secured messaging system. If you are interested please click here for a copy of the Proxy Access Form. You will then need to print and fill it out. Return it to our office and we will start the process of obtaining access to your child's chart. We are excited to offer this service.

WE'RE TURNING 25! The Peachwood Medical Group is celebrating 25 years of being part of the community. To commemorate the Pediatricians have put together a short clip to celebrate what makes our patients (and us) happy. Check it out by clicking here