AKRON, Ohio (WJW) — To assist shield sufferers, guests and caregivers, Akron Kids’s Hospital is on what has been described as a “smooth lockdown.”
Employees and guests can enter the hospital and its buildings by way of particular entrances however will probably be requested to display screen on the best way in, answering some fast questions, and having their temperatures taken.
“We’ve got gone by way of and cancelled any elective surgical procedures. We’ve got cancelled elective appointments or postponed appointments, even our effectively baby visits for youngsters over 30 months of age we’re suspending these effectively visits,” stated Dr. Rob McGregor, the hospital’s medical director.
And whereas the nationwide focus is on stopping the unfold of coronavirus, there are kids who produce other medical requirements and must see their medical doctors, however for whom leaving their house may place them at a better threat if they’re uncovered to the virus.
They embrace sufferers like Kindel Richardson, who has been recognized with Juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis.
“Arthritis is an autoimmune illness which suggests it assaults
your joints so its like your immune system working additional time and the medication I
take mainly weakens the immune system,” stated Richardson.
However Akron Kids’s Hospital is making it potential for sufferers
like Richardson to have the ability to preserve appointments with their physician with out
both of them having to go away their houses.
By logging on to a particular program, Richardson was in a position to join with Dr. Steven Spalding who may do a digital examination from his house in Hudson.
Spalding, who performed his first telehealth go to simply final week, stated one of many benefits of getting younger sufferers is that they and their mother and father are already very acquainted and really snug with utilizing the expertise wanted to carry the appointments.
Dr. McGregor stated though the chance to a few of their sufferers could also be better than for others, the recommendation to do as a lot as potential from house is necessary for everybody.
“We will as a neighborhood take duty and acknowledge that we have to have social distancing as we’re right here now, in addition to minimizing the variety of individuals which can be out and about, we should always be capable to flatten that curve and that is actually our greatest guess to remain forward of this,” stated McGregor.