Carolina Occupational Therapy Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
03/15/2020 REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS - We at COTHUE Rehabilitation strive to strike a balance between:
Many of our patients have had injuries, surgeries, and other pathologies that simply cannot be "put on the back burner". Many required skilled hand therapy services for pain management, edema control, etc. Many have splints that need to be managed. Several have had surgeries that require TIMELY progression of their programs in order to have the most optimal outcomes possible. There can be lifelong implications with regards to hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder function for some. As such, IT IS OUR PLAN TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. We had already implemented precautions/safeguards to decrease risk of exposure over a week ago. WE WILL BE SHIFTING TO AN EVEN HIGHER LEVEL OF PRECAUTIONS STARTING ON MONDAY MARCH 16TH. It may cause a small amount of inconvenience for patients, staff, and visitors but we feel it is non-negotiable if we are to be able to remain open to provide our services and reduce any risks of exposure for all parties involved. Full details will be explained upon your arrival to the clinic but in addition to those steps/precautions that were implemented last week, we will be screening people for fever. If it is determined that someone has a fever, they will not be seen for treatment and alternate arrangements will be made at that time. The same applies to any persons accompanying the patients into the clinic. Bottom line: IF YOU ARE SICK AND HAVE A FEVER - PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENT AND RESCHEDULE IT. Handwashing will be MANDATORY for all (if their injury/surgery allows for that) before ANY treatment begins and during treatment when appropriate. We also have plenty of hand sanitizer. Our hand techs already frequently disinfect many of the surfaces with Cavicide.
Per CDC Guidelines, ALL persons should:
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirt.
The MAIN symptoms of COVID-19 are as follows and may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
WE ASK THAT ANY PATIENTS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS TO CALL US AT (252) 757-1691 TO CANCEL AND RESCHEDULE THEIR APPOINTMENT. ALL FRIENDS, SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF ASYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS OF COTHUE REHABILITATION WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC SHOULD AVOID COMING WITH THE PATIENTS (AND AVOID GOING OUT IN PUBLIC IN GENERAL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE) UNTIL ALL SYMPTOMS ARE RESOLVED.
There is a significant amount of information being put out regarding COVID-19 /Coronavirus. Some of it is accurate and some is not. Avoid getting news/updates/recommendations from social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. We recommend using https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus as a main reference for current accurate updates.
Carolina Occupational Therapy Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation (Established 1987) specializes in assessment and treatment of all hand and upper extremity (wrist, forearm, elbow, & shoulder) pathology. We treat a diverse population of upper limb dysfunctions. At Carolina Occupational Therapy, patients receive professional, competent care that specifically addresses their individual rehabilitation needs. Our patients receive the highest standards of quality care when their upper extremity rehabilitation is entrusted to the expertise of our staff. Carolina Occupational Therapy has been serving Pitt and surrounding counties for 31 years. We employ multiple certified hand therapists with more cumulative years of treatment experience than any other facility east of Raleigh.
Carolina Occupational Therapy Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation works in conjunction with surgeons/physicians, physician's assistants, and full nurse practitioners in Orthopaedics, Plastics, Rheumatology, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Practitioners, Pediatrics, Urgent Care, & many other disciplines to deliver the care necessary to restore function and independence. Please see "ABOUT" for further details.
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1038 W.H. Smith Blvd. Unit 101 Greenville, NC 27834 (intersection of W.H. Smith Blvd. & Dickinson Ave.)
Phone: (252) 757-1691 Fax: (888) 430-0123