BCDI COVID-19 Response
The Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute continues to monitor the current state and federal mandates and guidance regarding COVID-19. We have implemented several precautions to mitigate the potential spread of the disease to our patients and staff while in our office. Below are the steps currently being taken:
- All non-urgent patient appointments and labs are being rescheduled to a later date. Our team continues to monitor guidance on when the stay at home order will be lifted in Illinois and will reschedule all non-urgent appointments once it has been lifted.
- When in the office for appointments, the following rules apply:
- Patients who are minors will only be allowed one accompanying guardian at their appointment.
- Adult patients will not be allowed visitors unless medically necessary.
- All patients will be asked to don a mask when entering the vestibule. This is for the patient's protection as well as protection of our staff.
- All staff seeing patients will be asked to don a mask.
- Automatic door openers should be utilized whenever possible (and pressed with a hip or elbow) to decrease the number of times a patient must touch door surfaces with their hands.
- Staff are being asked to work from home whenever possible to minimize the number of people in the office at any given time and allow for proper social distancing in workspaces.
For our patients that use clotting factor concentrates there is no need at this time to be concerned about your factor supply. Current processes to ensure the safety of plasma derived clotting factor are effective against COVID-19. The biggest threat to the factor supply is stockpiling of factor. The Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the National Hemophilia Foundation (MASAC) issued guidance #242 that discusses the appropriate amount of factor for patients to have in their homes. Dr. Tarantino is a longstanding member of MASAC and helped to write this guidance. We ask that patients abide by these standards during this public health crisis. The BCDI pharmacy continues to monitor factor supplies and maintains an adequate supply to take care of any of our patients in an emergent situation. We work closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure that there is no disruption in the supply chain. If you are not a patient of the BCDI pharmacy and find yourself in need of emergent factor, please call our office and we will ensure you are not without access to your clotting factor.
BCDI will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding implementing additional cleaning and sanitization of our office to protect those patients visiting us. We will continue to update you via our social media channels and email if there are any further changes to our practices. If you are not on our email list and would like to be added, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your families. If you have additional questions or specific questions about how COVID-19 affects you or your family members, please do not hesitate to call our office. Our care team is here for you!