Coronavirus and CNS Preventive/Protective Measures
CNS Minimum Standards of Safe Practice
As the governor of Texas discusses incremental re-opening of the state’s economy on May 1, we want to assure our patients, families and insurers that CNS will continue to maintain stringent COVID-19 safety measures at all clinics in Texas and California. As part of those safety measures, the governor’s Executive Order requires CNS to continue to limit visitors to its facilities to only critical assistance personnel.
For nearly 40 years, CNS has provided intensive, post-acute, community-based brain injury rehabilitation. The safety and well-being of our staff and patients is of our utmost concern. We’re monitoring the coronavirus situation closely to ensure CNS’ safety protocols are aligned with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines in the treatment of patients. We also remain in close contact with the county authorities in each of our markets and will take appropriate actions, as needed.
As of March 30, 2020, all patients will receive CNS rehabilitation therapy via CNS’ secure, CNS’ secure, HIPAA-compliant telehealth technology.
Additional steps we’re currently taking:
- All staff physically reporting to premises, both clinical and residential, will be issued and required to wear protective masks.
- Staff temperatures will be taken before beginning their shift.
- No visitors are allowed in clinics or residential facilities.
- No one is allowed in clinics or patient residences if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC or as delineiated by CNS protocols.
- CDC standards for Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation will be adhered to and are available HERE.
- We encourage families and loved ones to use an alternative means of contact with patients, such as phone or video chat
- CNS has cancelled communal activities (outings, group activities, etc.).
- We’re implementing preventative measures, including frequent and proper handwashing, use of hand sanitizers, minimization of person to person contact when possible, proper cough/sneeze etiquette and social distancing.
- We’ve implemented enhanced sanitation measures for surfaces in high traffic areas and those with frequent hand contact.
- We’ve instructed employees who are sick with any form of respiratory illness or fever to stay home. • All non-essential therapy staff are working from home.
- Patients temperatures will be taken daily.
- Patients with fever or acute respiratory symptoms will be restricted to their room. If they must leave the room for medically necessary reasons, patients will wear a facemask if possible and will return promptly to their own rooms
- Patients who meet CDC criteria for testing for coronavirus will be referred appropriately for testing.
(Updated May 5, 2020)