Princeton Dermatology Associates’ Response to COVID–19
In Office Safety Protocols and TeleMedicine
As of the end of June 2020, Princeton Dermatology Associates has resumed In-Office appointments pursuant to the executive orders of the Governor of New Jersey and in compliance with the guidelines issued by the New Jersey Department of Health. We are delighted to invite you back to continue your dermatologic care and treatments!
The health and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. Our In-Office safety protocols are designed to meet and far exceed the latest COVID-19 guidelines and requirements issued by the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health.
Safety policies in place for patients and staff:
- Patients undergo COVID-19 screening questions and receive comprehensive instructions about our new policies prior to confirming their appointment.
- We have reorganized our offices’ workflow to maximize social distancing. As a result, patients can no longer wait in our waiting rooms.
- We require our patients to wait in their cars until their exam room is ready. When you arrive at the parking lot for your appointment, please stay in your car with the heating on (during the Winter) or the air conditioning on (in the Summer) to maintain a normal body temperature. Call us from your car, at the specific phone numbers and extensions posted on the doors and at the front of our Offices to alert us that you have arrived for your appointment. You will be contacted via phone or text message when the provider is ready for the visit to begin.
- Patients are required to wear a mask to enter the Office. Your mask should be a procedure mask or a cloth mask with at least three layers. Bandana and/or pull-over masks are not acceptable for entry into our Offices. You will continue to wear your mask throughout your visit to our Office and throughout your appointment. Your airways need to be covered by your mask at any time unless you are requested by your Provider to remove your mask briefly for care (at which time you are required to hold your breath and not talk).
- Patient temperatures will be checked via forehead scanners upon arrival to the office and patients need to answer a very detailed COVID – 19 Questionnaire prior to being admitted inside the Office. Patients who are sick or have had exposure to COVID-19 cannot be seen and will have to reschedule. Patients who travelled outside the five-state area of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Connecticut, cannot be seen until they have completed a 14-day quarantine.
- To minimize contact, we ONLY offer patients virtual check in and check out. You will pay your copay and submit all required paperwork electronically. You DO NOT HAVE to stop by our Front Desk at the end of your visit unless your Provider requested it, or if there is a unique reason to do so.
- Patients should arrive at their appointment alone. For children and adult patients who require a caretaker, one adult may accompany the patient.
- Throughout the duration of your visit our receptionists and medical staff will be wearing appropriate safety masks (N-95 type masks – the highest protective standard, or surgical/procedure masks, or triple layer cloth masks) along with protective glasses or shields.
- Exam Rooms are cleaned and disinfected before and after each patient visit.
- All of our staff members are screened for symptoms and fever daily prior to entering the Office to work. At the same time, they sign an affidavit that they have no known symptoms and are not sick to the best of their knowledge.
Princeton Dermatology Associates continues to offer and welcomes Teledermatology appointments for patients who prefer to be seen virtually
- Prior to your virtual appointment time, please make sure you have the equipment you will need within easy reach. Any of the following will work: 1) a Smartphone, 2) a Tablet Device (such as an iPad), or 3) a computer with webcam and audio (or a telephone near the computer).
- Please try to ensure good lighting in the area of the planned TeleMedicine video conference. A light casting diffuse light in front of you works best. Avoid bright sunlight behind you.
- In case of technical issues and/or to aid with photography it would be helpful to have an assistant, if available.
- Please email a few good quality digital photographs (.JPG forma ONLY) of the areas you are concerned about to your provider in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The following link offers useful photographic instructions from VisualDx: https://info.visualdx.com/l/11412/2020-03-31/6h4hdz
All of us at Princeton Dermatology Associates wish you good health, wonderful happiness, and great healthy skin!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Princeton Dermatology Associates