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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics

COVID-19

Letter to our patients: Coronavirus Update

UPDATE 5-01-2020

Dr. Patronella and his Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery Group have received guidance from our governing medical society TSPS (Texas Society of Plastic Surgeon) that we can move forward with a plan to reopen our surgery center, clinics and medspa. Below are key dates to know

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020

We will begin to see patients in-office in preparation of future procedures. To reduce the amount of traffic in our offices, we will continue to offer virtual consultations.

*This is subject to the expiring stay-at-home order on April 30, 2020.

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020

ACPS will begin to perform aesthetic procedures in-office while following COVID-19 protocols to help protect the safety our patients and employees.

*This is subject to the expiring stay-at-home order on April 30, 2020.

UPDATE 3-20-2020

To our patients:

Dr. Patronella and his group, The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS), would like to reassure our patients of our commitment to keeping you, your family and our staff safe. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACPS announced on March 20, 2020 the temporary closure of its private surgical facility and medical spa. Please note: The office clinics will remain open but with reduced staffing to serve our patients in the recovery phase of their medical services.

The surgeons of the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) have made this decision based on extensive consultation with local officials, medical facilities and national societies.  It has been determined that although both facilities could safely continue to perform services it is in the best interest of our community, patients and staff to postpone services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ACPS has been a leader in plastic surgery since its inception in 1996.  We recognize other private surgical facilities are open and continuing to perform services.  We hope to be an example to those facilities during this time when supplies are low and healthcare providers on the front lines need all the support we can provide them.

Our thoughts and prayers are with every person during these trying days but especially with those who are fighting this horrible virus.  We pray for their quick recovery, for the many families suffering and for the healthcare providers.

For updates on the status of our offices we invite you to visit our company website at www.mybeautifulbody.com or call our main number, (713) 575-1996.

UPDATE 3-16-2020

As a surgical facility, Infection Control has been and will always be a top priority.  During this unique time, we are monitoring the CDC’s guidelines on infection control on a daily basis and implementing their recommendations as they become available.

With that in mind ACPS has chosen to implement some new policies and ask for your assistance and understanding.  The following guidelines have been put in place for your safety and ours:

With that in mind ACPS has chosen to implement some new policies and asks for your assistance and understanding. The following guidelines have been put in place for your safety and ours:

Preparedness Action 1

Limiting the number of visitors to our office is one of the most common–sense actions we can take to minimize everyone’s risk.

  • We are allowing every patient just 1 additional guest. Do not come to your appointment with more than 1 additional family member or friend.
  • Do not arrive too early to your appointment so we minimize the number of people in our waiting rooms.
  • We are replacing some in-person appointments with tele-medicine options.
  • We are eliminating unnecessary vendor traffic.

Preparedness Action 2

If you meet any of the criteria below, we ask patients to not schedule appointments:

    • Have fever of 100.0° or greater.
    • Have signs & symptoms of a respiratory illness.
    • Have traveled outside the US in the last 14 days including cruises.
    • Have traveled on a commercial flight in the last 14 days.
    • Have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

Preparedness Action 3

Pre-screening of both patients and staff is another recommended method of minimizing risk. Our pre-screening process will require all staff & patients to answer a questionnaire and have their temperature taken before gaining access to our office. Unless your MD requires you to be seen right way, your appointment may need to be rescheduled if you:

  • Have a fever of 100.0° or greater.
  • Show signs & symptoms of a respiratory illness (exceptions granted if you are willing to wear a mask)
  • Have traveled internationally travel in the last 14 days including cruises.
  • Have traveled on a commercial flight in the last 14 days.
  • Have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

Patients who must be seen will be asked to wear a mask and will be escorted directly to an exam room.

Preparedness Action 4

We ask that you follow our infection control etiquette which includes:

  • Using hand sanitizer immediately when you enter the office and throughout your visit.
  • Washing hands often.
  • Do not shake hands with staff or other guests.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue if you need to cough or cough into the crook of your arm. Discard used tissues right way and don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards.
  • Be mindful not to touch your face, nose & eyes.

Preparedness Action 5

The doctors and staff will be practicing non-contact greetings, please don’t be offended if they don’t shake your hand.

ACPS is committed to providing the best care possible in the safest environment we can. We remain fully operational and in any event, we will continue to be here to serve you.

Sincerely,

The Surgeons of ACPS and Staff

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