COVID-19 Operational Update 5-8-20
How we can work together to keep everyone safe
Dear MFC Patients,
As of April 24, Marin Fertility Center has resumed operations. Due to the ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented multiple precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff members. This document describes the changes that have been put into place to help minimize the risk of exposure to SARS CoV-2 during each office encounter.
We are closely monitoring the evolving story of COVID-19 and plan to adapt our operations as information comes in. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our patients and staff.
We thank you in advance for doing your part in helping us to keep everyone safe.
When scheduling an appointment with us you will undergo a screening questionnaire by phone or text. We are relying upon you to be completely honest with your exposure history. We are currently providing all services. New patient appointments are being split up into a video telehealth portion and then an office-based ultrasound portion.
Prior to every appointment we will text all scheduled patients asking that they confirm that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and that they or their family have not knowingly come in contact with some that has COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
After arriving at our facility patients will be asked to stay in the car until the staff member has verified a normal temperature and then escorts them into the exam room. Appointments will be scheduled in order to minimize 2 patients “crossing paths”. Patients will be seen as quickly as possible and then we ask that they exit the office immediately to minimize physical exposure. Follow up after office visits can be done by phone or telehealth. We ask patients not to idle at frontdesk and anticipate the waiting room will not need to be utilized.
A limited amount of staff, those participating at the point of care, will be physically present in the office. They will be working as a small onsite team with the minimal amount of persons present. All other staff members are working from home.
All staff members in office will be practicing physical distancing of 6 feet or further away from each other and patients. Staff will be working in smaller groups of teams to avoid physical congestion in the office.
We ask all patients to attend their appointments without any partners or visitors.
Protective Personal Equipment (PPE)
All staff members will be wearing surgical masks at all times. Face shields will be worn by staff in exam rooms.
N95 masks will be worn in the Operating Room. Anesthesia staff will be screened for any COVID-19 exposure during the preceding two weeks.
We are requiring that all patients wear facemasks as well. If you do not have your own face mask, MFC will provide you with one.
It is absolutely essential that you follow proper protocol when wearing PPE. Clumsy wearing of PPE can actually give you a false sense of reassurance and heighten your risk of acquiring the virus.
Please follow the proper use of PPE below:
COVID-19 Testing of Patients:
MFC is requiring that all patients who plan to undergo an egg retrieval be tested for COVID-19 via RT-PCR with a nasopharyngeal swab 3-4 days prior to the procedure. There are no exceptions to testing at this time. MFC is not currently offering COVID-19 antibody testing.
Information about the COVID-19 pandemic changes daily
Along with the rest of the scientific and medical community, reproductive health specialists are acquiring new information about COVID-19 (and specifically its potential impact on reproduction and pregnancy) on a daily basis. At present, information is limited.
Practical considerations our community should make when deciding to move forward with treatment include:
-The possibility that changes in immune function during pregnancy (acquiring the common flu in pregnancy is considered ”high risk”)
-The possible inability to take any medication treatments for COVID-19 if you are currently pregnant (for risk of teratogenic effects)
-In the event of a pregnancy complication (bleeding, need for D&C) exposure to hospitals and healthcare personnel who are also caring for COVID-19 patients.
We will continue to update this document regularly. For more information about COVID-19 and pregnancy please visit the following websites:
We wish you and your family health and safety.
The MFC Team