Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked to meet the needs of all of our patients while prioritizing wellness and safety. We have continued to provide wellness exams and mental health services while also offering COVID-19 Testing (Learn More) and COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible patients. Throughout this time we have continued to optimize our patient flow to best serve the needs of our community. Please keep in mind that since the situation is fluid, we may make changes to our patient flow guidelines over time. We will keep you informed of any changes we are making.
Currently, we are:
- Sanitizing rooms and medical equipment between each patient.
- Having designated “sick visit” providers seeing patients with fever or respiratory symptoms as often as possible.
- Trying to minimize time in the waiting room as much as possible.
- Having staff members wear appropriate PPE and requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all staff members
COVID-19 Patient Policy
- Face masks are required at all visits for anyone age 2 or older. Masks with exhalation valves or vents should not be worn as per the CDC they do not contain your respiratory droplets.
- Only 2 caretakers per family (we ask that at this time, grandparents remain at home unless their assistance is required at the visit
- Siblings (11 years of age or older) of children with appointments should remain at home
- Siblings (10 years or younger) of children with appointments may attend if necessary. However, to limit the number of people in our office it is preferred that you secure alternate childcare to avoid bringing them.
In accordance with guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC, we recommend the following:
- Keep your well-child exams – We continue to believe that well visits and vaccines are very important for your child’s overall health. We ask for your flexibility as schedule adjustments are made.
- Please be aware we are not able to do telemedicine well-child exams. It is not in line with the current AAP recommendations, and it is crucial for us to monitor the growth and development of your children and to ensure they remain on schedule for recommended vaccines.
- Follow CDC guidelines regarding illness prevention and how to keep others safe if you have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19
- Follow all CDC and local guidelines for up to date information on COVID-19.
- If you or your children are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, STAY HOME, and do not send your children to school or childcare.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid visiting people with sick symptoms.
- Avoid large crowds, particularly indoors.
- Follow CDC and local guidelines regarding masking.
- When possible, delay travel until you are fully vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines regarding domestic and international travel
Potomac Pediatrics has set the following guidelines when deciding when/where to seek care:
Make an appointment (never walk-in)- Please call for an appointment if you child:
- Has a fever (100.4 degrees or higher, obtained rectally for infants or obtained under tongue, arm pit, or in the ear for older children)
- Is not drinking enough to urinate 3-4 times per day
- Has symptoms of illness with an underlying chronic medical condition
Present to the Emergency Department (when possible call us first)
Reasons to go to the emergency room are the same as with other illness:
- Severe or persistent respiratory distress
- Lethargy or change in level of consciousness
- If your child is less than 2 months and has a fever
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, our policies and recommendations will as well. Please check the website and Facebook page regularly for this updated guidance. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns.
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