COLORADO SPRINGS — There continues to be a large community effort to help our medical front line workers through the pandemic. While Colorado hospitals are not seeing a current spike in hospitalizations or a current shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), one Colorado medical provider tells me they are still doing what they can to help our hospitals be prepared if there is a spike.
At the American Vein and Vascular Institute, treatment continues for their patient's with special attention being paid to reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Gordon Gibbs, MD is the Chief Medical Executive, and Chief Executive Officer of the American Vein and Vascular Clinic in Colorado. Dr. Gibbs says, “Their experience when they come in, is that everybody staffing the clinic is wearing a mask and patients are asked to wear masks as well. Other than that, procedures are about the same.”
Dr. Gibbs also says to help with social distancing in clinics they are seeing fewer patients overall, which is producing a surplus of PPE. “We've started a gown donation project in our practice where we can save some of the unused and sterile gowns that we have from our procedures. We are donating them to local hospitals. Fortunately we're in a position where we do have some extra PPE, and we're happy to donate that to local facilities.”
Dr. Gibbs also says the thought is, a little extra PPE from each of their locations adds for hospitals across Colorado. “We're providing them with the top quality gowns that we use in our practice so that they can have them at their disposal in their practice. That should amount to 300 or 400 gowns a month across that the front range. We feel like we are doing our part to add value to other providers, and we’re happy to do so”
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