Coronavirus and Pate Rehabilitation Preventative/Protective Measures

ATTENTION: COVID-19 UPDATE

 

For over 30 years, Pate Rehabilitation has provided intensive, post-acute, community-based brain injury services in Texas communities. The safety and well-being of our staff and patients is our utmost concern. Pate is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure safety protocols are aligned with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines in the treatment of patients. We also remain in close contact with the state and county authorities and will take appropriate actions, as needed.

Among the steps we are currently taking:

  • No visitors are allowed in clinics or residential facilities.
  • We encourage families and loved ones to use an alternative means of contact with patients, such as phone or video chat, whenever possible.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask while inside a Pate facility if possible.
  • All persons will be screened for fever or illness and will be prohibited from remaining on the premises if they present coronavirus-related risk factors.
  • No one is allowed in clinics or patient residences if:
    • They have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea
    • They have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, they are under investigation for COVID-19, or they have been ill with respiratory illness in the last 14 days
    • They have traveled internationally within the last 14 days
  • Employees who are sick with any form of respiratory illness or fever are instructed to stay home.
  • We are using 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.
  • Patients who meet CDC criteria for testing for coronavirus will be referred appropriately for testing.
  • We have enhanced sanitation measures for surfaces in high traffic areas and those with frequent hand contact.
  • All non-essential staff are working from home.
  • Pate Rehabilitation has cancelled community activities such as group activities and outings.
  • Transitional patients with fever or acute respiratory symptoms will be restricted to their rooms. If patients must leave the room for medically necessary reasons, they will wear a mask if possible and will return promptly to their own rooms.

CDC standards for Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation will be adhered to and are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

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