OmniSleep is adopting new procedures and policies to protect its patients and staff from contracting and spreading the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19
From the Centers of Disease Control COVID-19 update site (CDC COVID-19 Site):
"COVID-19 is now a Pandemic. A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide."
In New Mexico as of this time, there are multiple tested and presumptive positive cases (current info: https://cv.nmhealth.org), and the number continues to rise. In the last week, federal, state, and local authorities took various measures to limit the spread of the virus. The consensus is that the pandemic will get much worse in the U.S..
OmniSleep to Continue Operations:
OmniSleep will continue modified operations. OmniSleep's management and medical director are continually monitoring developments to understand and respond to COVID-19. We have implemented processes recommended by the CDC and New Mexico Health Department to control the spread of this virus and to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible.
Patient Admission to Clinic / Sleep Lab / DME Supply Center:
Sick patients must remain at home. We will screen all patients on arrival (temperature and symptom check). Patients with even mild flu-like symptoms or a fever of 100º or greater with a cough or shortness of breath won’t be allowed into the center and will need to reschedule. Patients that traveled to other states/countries within the last 14 days won't be seen and should follow the CDC guidelines (including self-quarantine). Patients over the age of 70 that choose to self-quarantine may cancel or reschedule appointments without late fees. For the next two - three weeks, we may attempt to employe mainly telemedicine visits and Home Sleep Apnea Testing (see below).
For your safety during your visit or sleep study we require the following:
Only patients will be allowed in the clinic and DME Supply Center. Patients shouldn’t bring their children to their visit; if they must come, consider leaving them with a caregiver/relative in the car.
Patients should wash their hands using the sink in their exam / bed room when they arrive and before they leave.
Patients should avoid touching counters door knobs and other surfaces outside their room, but if they do, the should wash hands afterwards.
Patients should always follow CDC recommendations to wash hands and not to touch their faces.
Cleaning our Center and DME Supply Center:
We have increased disinfecting processes at the main center and the DME supply office. Counters, door knobs, clinic rooms, and restrooms are wiped with antiseptic solution throughout the day. Surfaces in clinic / bed rooms are wiped after each patient use. Our housecleaning service thoroughly cleans the entire sleep health center after clinic each day, before sleep studies. Staff cleans these surfaces after sleep studies in the morning before clinic.
Telemedicine Visits and Home Sleep Apnea Testing:
Some older patients and patients with compromised immune systems are higher risk for more severe illness caused by the Novel Coronavirus and may wish to limit exposure to public settings, such as clinics.
Starting March 23, OmniSleep will offer telemedicine visits and home sleep studies for as many patients as we can handle. Some visits, such as PAP mask fittings, must be in person. Telemedicine follow-up visits should be available to patients by mobile phones and devices or computers. We are considering the feasibility telemedicine for initial (new patient) visits also, but are not scheduling them at this time.
Home Sleep Apnea Tests, to diagnose only sleep apnea, are currently available but we have limited capacity, and there may be some wait for tests. We have ordered new testing units to meet the anticipated need. Patients that are not high risk for Coronavirus and don't want to delay their study should consider keeping their lab study. Treatment studies are only available in lab, but we are working on how to provide them with a home study.
If you need to cancel or reschedule, please provide as much notice as possible. Please call us regarding appointments or questions at 505-843-8758.
The New Mexico Department of Health has created a website with current information on the Novel Coronavirus: https://cv.nmhealth.org, and also is operating an information hotline – 1-855-600-3453 – for the public and health care professionals with questions about the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.