Changes due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

 

In these unprecedented times, we want to do everything we can to safely and effectively provide our patients with the dermatologic care they need. For the time being, we are postponing all cosmetic visits as well as all non-urgent surgical visits and moving all non-urgent medical visits to teledermatology (i.e., phone, photo and/or video call visit) when appropriate. 

 

We are still seeing new and established patients in person for urgent skin needs and will carefully resume non-urgent visit on May 1, 2020. Please call 918-340-6539 if you have a major skin concern that cannot wait (e.g., severe rash, rapidly growing skin lesion, painful growth, skin abscess, highly concerning lesion, etc.). We want to be here for you for quick access to expert dermatologic care. This is beneficial as it addresses your need and keeps more patients out of urgent cares/ERs that are needed to address Coronavirus. When an in-person visit is needed we are utilizing additional safety measures in line with CDC recommendations including more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, limiting those who enter our facility, spacing appointments to facilitate social distancing, using protective equiptment when indicated, and monitoring ourselves and those who enter the practice for any concerning symptoms.  

For those wanting to access our teledermatology appointments, please call the office to schedule.  See here for teledermatology FAQs.

 

If you are ill and have a fever, cough or other respiratory or flu-like symptoms (e.g., runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache):

Please cancel your appointment (918-340-6539) and stay home.

If you have these symptoms and think you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your primary care physician.  If you know you have been exposed to COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, please see link for the CDC’s recommendations for you and notify us so we can reschedule your appointment.

Additionally, if you are ill and have a fever, cough or other respiratory or flu-like symptoms AND have traveled within the past 14 days; or have had known exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please:

 

  • DO NOT go to the emergency room (ER) unless you have an emergency. Going to the ER when not needed may lead to unnecessary exposure AND strain resources needed for truly sick patients. See here for some of the emergency symptoms seen with COVID-19.
  • Call your primary care physician’s office and notify them of your symptoms. They should advise you on appropriate next steps.
  • If you do not have a primary physician or you elect to go to an urgent care, CALL BEFORE ARRIVAL to let them know your symptoms, recent travel and COVID-19 exposure history. For the safety of staff and other patients, many clinics are having people with suspected COVID-19 cases wait in their car upon arrival so they can be allowed in the facility with measures to reduce exposure to others.
  • If you KNOW you’re infected with COVID-19, see CDC link here for what to do and follow the advice of your physician.

 

For those with in person appointments at VibrantSkin, we ask that upon arrival you:

  • Call 918-340-6539 from your vehicle to let us know you are here. We are staggering entry and exit to limit exposure to others. We will advise you when to come in the building.
  • Wear a cloth face covering (over your mouth and nose). You can use a surgical mask or a purchased or homemade covering.
  • Cleanse your hands. We have hand sanitizer at the front desk. If your hands are visibly soiled, you should wash them with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • If at all possible, come alone or if the patient is a child, we ask that only one parent or guardian (and no siblings) accompany the patient.
  • Avoid handshaking or other unnecessary contact with others. We ask that you remain in your car and call us when you arrive. We will advise you when to enter the building in order to maximize social distancing measures.
  • Note that we have removed all magazine and reading material about our products and services from our lobby to reduce objects that can collect infectious materials and serves as avenues of transmission. If there is a procedure or product you would like to know more about, please let us know and we’ll do our best to provide you with the information (e.g., a pamphlet, handout, email, etc.)

 

Other considerations:

  • For our patients on biologic medications (e.g., Humira, Stelara, etc.): We do not yet know if these make patients more susceptible to COVID-19. Prior data on other respiratory infections in people on biologic medications showed rates similar to those on placebo. Current guidelines recommend individualized planning for patients based on age and other risk factors. Physicians are currently advised to stop bioologic medications in patients who have COVID-19 (as is the case for other infections). If you are on a biologic agent, please do not just stop it. Call our office to discuss and if a detailed plan or change in regimen is desired or warranted, a teledermatology visit can be scheduled.
  • If you are on methotrexate or other generally immune suppressing medications and are established with our office, please call to discuss the risks and benefits of remaining on such medications. If a change in regimen is desired or warranted, a teledermatology visit can be scheduled.
  • If you need to refill a prescription or product that we dispense from the office, please call and we will prepare it for you so that you can quickly pick it up. (Remember that all prescriptions require approval of Dr. Buster prior to refill.) If desired, advance payment over the phone can be made to facilitate even more rapid check out. Remember that our Epionce and BeautyCounter products can be purchased online here. Additional products may be available online in the near future, but prescriptions will still require pick up from the office.

 

Please be advised that given this fluid and rapidly evolving situation, our actions and recommendations will change as needed so please call with any questions or concerns or for the most up to date information relevant to our practice. For the latest information on COVID-19 from the OK State Department of Health, please call 817-215-8336 or go to their COVID-19 web page here.