Reopening Elective Procedures at the Vascular Institute of Virginia During COVID-19

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at the Vascular Institute of Virginia has continued to provide treatments for those whose conditions cannot wait for them to have the necessary care. Over the past several weeks, we have been navigating the ever-changing healthcare landscape, establishing protocols that maximize safety for both staff members and patients. We know that everyone’s lives have been impacted by COVID-19, and we will continue to remain flexible in our services and appointments provided, as we continue to adapt to the guidelines provided to us by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Beginning May 1st, the Governor of Virginia relaxed the restrictions on elective surgeries and procedures that can be performed.  Starting today, May 4th, the Vascular Institute of Virginia will be offering expanded services for select elective, urgent and emergent needs but will continue to follow strict COVID-19 symptom screening for all people who enter our offices. Our staff and patients’ health are our top priority, and we are committed to continue providing a great and safe experience for all of our patients.

We are currently scheduling same-day/next-day appointments for:

  • All Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI)
  • All End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
  • Surgical Consultations for all ESRD
  • Oncology Services
  • Consequential Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)
  • Deep Venous Disease evaluation and treatment
  • Severe Superficial Venous Disease evaluation and treatment
  • Any other patients with either critical or lifestyle-limiting diseases

We do ask that if you do not feel well, have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath, have a fever, or have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive, please call ahead of your appointment to cancel or reschedule. We are also able to provide telemedicine appointments when appropriate.

To ensure the safety of our staff and patients we have taken the following steps in placing the following protocols:

  • Allowing for extra time between appointments to maximize social distancing measures. This reduces the wait time between appointments, and allows fewer people in the building at one time. A staff member is in our waiting area all times of the day to ensure that social distancing protocols are followed properly, and to sanitize surfaces between patients.
  • Thoroughly cleaning common areas and sanitizing all surfaces between patient and staff contact. This may require some extra time between appointments, so we appreciate your understanding and patience as we ensure cleanliness in our facilities.
  • Allowing patients to check-in via phone from their vehicle, or wait in their vehicle until it is their appointment time.
  • Performing COVID-19 screening for everyone before they enter the building.
  • All staff are wearing face masks throughout the day.
  • Providing hand sanitizers throughout our offices.
  • Visitors are no longer allowed to enter our treatment area, unless by absolute necessity. They are able to wait in our waiting area, but are encouraged to wait in their personal vehicle.
  • Scheduling telemedicine appointments when appropriate, or if it is requested by the patient.

We thank each of our staff members and patients as we continue to adapt to the changing situation and evolving healthcare landscape during this time. We wish that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy, and we are looking forward to when we are able to resume normalcy in the future. Rest assured that the team at the Vascular Institute of Virginia is doing everything we can to resume urgent and necessary care when needed, while maintaining safety for everyone.

If you have any questions, please call us at 703-763-5224 or email us at info@teamviv.com.

Sincerely,

The Vascular Institute of Virginia

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