Infection Control Protocols

Mesquite Pediatrics has implemented new infection control protocols in order to combat the spread of coronavirus.  We feel that everyone needs to shelter in place as much as possible.  We encourage our families not to leave their home unless absolutely necessary.  This means no social gatherings, play dates, etc.  It also means that we are encouraging people not to come to the office who don't absolutely need to.  This will ensure that our patients, families, and staff are as safe as possible coming to our office when it is necessary.  It will also help ensure that we are available to see those patients who absolutely need us.  Therefore, effective immediately, we are making the following changes:

  • Scheduled Appointments - All non-critical appointments are going to be postponed.  That means nearly all well checks and routine follow-up appointments will be postponed at this time.  The only well checks that we feel still need to occur are those where vaccines are given to an infant.  Coronavirus is not the only illness from which our children need protection, so we still consider the infant vaccines as critical.  All of these appointments will be scheduled for morning hours only.  If either the patietn scheduled for the well check or the family member who is brinign them is sick, the visit will be postponed.

  • Family members - We ask that as few family members accompany the scheduled patient as possible.  We want to keep the number of people in the office to a minimum.  This means only 1 parent please and no siblings, if possible.

  • Telemedicine - .  We have started the use of telemedicine - this is a way that we can connect with patients who are at home and do "virtual visits" with them over a connection with a smart phone or computer with a microphone and camera.  We have already started doing many of our mental health follow-up visits this way.  We are now treating other conditions through telemedicine as much as possible.  So going forward, we are using it as a form of triage.  Anyone who calls about a sick child and wants an appointment will first be seen by telemedicine to determine if they really need an in person appointment.  Those who do, will be scheduled to come in.  We will not be refusing to see a patient in person who wants such an appointment.  We will try to spread the schedule out so that as few people are in the office at any given time as possible.

  • Waiting room - We will no longer be using our waiting room.  When patients arrive at our office, they will wait in their vehicle in our parking lot and call the front desk to let us know they are waiting.  When an exam room is availalbe, they will be notified to come in and will be taken directly to the exam room.  All exam rooms will be disinfected thoroughly between patients.

  • Protecting our doctors and staff - We need to do everything that we can to ensure that our staff does not get sick.  If we are sick, then we will not be available to care for our patients.  So, we are have obtained coveralls and shoe covers for all of our staff to wear.  This way, if there is a concerning exposure, we can remove the coveralls and put on a fresh pair.  It will reduce the risk that we will get sick ourselves and also that we will expose another patient.  So please don't judge us by our looks in these outfits!

  • Rotating our physicians - Starting now we will be rotating physicians in the office.  Each of our doctors will be taking 1 week at a time and then 2 weeks away from the office.  With so many well checks canceled, there is no reason for all of us to be there at once.  This will minimize our exposures and also allow 2 weeks between potential exposures to ensure that if we do actually get sick, we will know it before we are scheduled to return.  One of us will be on backup in case there are too many patients to be seen, so we will make sure we are able take care of any patients that need us. 

Obviously the health and safety of our patients and staff are our highest priority.  We feel that with the above changes we have reduced the risk of contagion within the office, while still being available to see our patients who need to be seen.  We are constantly reassessing the situation and will make further changes as appropriate.