March 26th Clinic Update
Aviation & Occupational Medicine
Colorado Governor Polis has issued a “Stay at Home” Executive Order effective through April 11, 2020.
What does this mean to you and your employees as it relates to work comp injury care, regulatory exams and physicals, and drug and alcohol testing as required by the various regulatory agencies?
If your business has been identified by the US Department of Homeland Security as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce you are allowed to continue to operate, but should practice social distancing and good hygiene to the greatest extent possible.
If your business is NOT part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce here’s what Governor Polis has directed you and your staff to do under the order:
“I direct all Coloradans to stay at home, subject to limited exceptions such as obtaining food and other household necessities, going to and from work at critical businesses, seeking medical care, caring for dependents or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location.”
If your employees are currently treating for a work comp injury, or require a regulatory exam, physical, or drug screen – under the order they CAN travel to and from those appointments and we WILL continue to see them in clinic at their normally scheduled appointment times.
We continue to follow CDC Recommendations as closely as possible and can provide appropriate social distancing, masks on request, and hand sanitizer to reduce the chance of infection. If your employees are sick, we will not see them under any circumstances.
For established patients who may be ill, or prefer NOT to come to the clinic, we do have the ability to provide telephonic care on a limited basis (not all injuries can be appropriately managed over the phone). Please have them contact us at least 48 hours PRIOR to their scheduled appointment time so we can make the necessary accommodations (including interpreting if necessary) to ensure they stay engaged in treatment, and get the appropriate care and medications as necessary.
We are working on implementing a video-medicine solution that could provide better care than a simple phone call and may also allow us to evaluate minor “new” injuries without an in-clinic visit. Note, however, that most new injuries usually can not be effectively diagnosed or treated remotely and will require an in-clinic visit.
Please check with your SPECIFIC regulatory agencies (FMCSA, FTA, FAA, Etc…) for exemptions and leeway or relief regarding medical certifications, and drug/alcohol testing during the COVID crisis. If you are involved in trucking, we recommend you follow the Colorado Motor Carriers Association website and sign up for their email communications as they have the best and most current information from FMCSA. www.cmca.com
To stay informed on COVID-19 you can follow CDC recommendations and Colorado Specific data using the links below:
If you have questions or concerns regarding our clinic services or approach to COVID-19, please feel free to call Tony Baker, C.O.O.. Note that we do not have any information or advice regarding COVID-19 beyond what the CDC is currently communicating.
Tony’s phone is 303-333-4411 x311
Aviation & Occupational Medicine Staff