Health and Safety Protocols to Protect Our Patients and Staff
A visit to any medical office these days will have to take into account new safety protocols to stop the transmission of COVID-19. The global coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a new reality where medical professionals must take added steps to ensure everyone who comes through our doors remains secure.
The team at Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery prioritizes the health and safety of our patients and staff. If you are a returning patient who wants to know more about our updated protocols or a new patient who will come in soon for your first appointment, an overview of our commitment to safety is in order.
How does Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Protects Patients and Staff?
To keep everyone safer, doctors and clinical staff wear proper barrier protection equipment when there is a chance, they will encounter a patient’s bodily fluids. They routinely wear gloves and gowns and will use goggles and masks during encounters with patients.
We sterilize surgical instruments following best practices in the medical and dental industries, with steam heat autoclaving for reusable instruments and devices. Furthermore, we discard disposable blades and needles after a single use. During your appointment, we will separate biological materials for appropriate disposal with all other hazardous wastes.
Doctors and clinical staff working at Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery who may come into contact with a patient's blood are further protected through regular vaccinations against hepatitis A and B.
Our Radiation Safety Officer ensures that Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery maintains radiographic equipment in proper working order. In addition to conducting annual tests, we bring in an independent testing company to verify that each instrument operates according to industry and state standards.
Regular inspections, tests, and maintenance are part of the process we use to ensure that devices always work properly to manufacturer specifications.
Trained in Safeguarding Patients
You can be rest assured that every member of the team is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (also called CPR) in case of emergency. Doctors receive additional certification in advanced cardiac life support as well as pediatric advanced life support.
Furthermore, our surgical assistants receive regular continuing education to ensure their skills are up to date. That’s one reason why we have such an excellent reputation in the community.
Experienced in Anesthesia
Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery doctors are thoroughly trained and certified in providing anesthesia during oral surgery procedures. We use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor patient status.
For additional safety, clinical staff and doctors undergo regular anesthesia evaluations voluntarily. The Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons conducts these evaluations to give you greater peace of mind.
And before assisting doctors in procedures, our assistants also must finish the Dental Anesthesia Assistant’s National Certification Exam.
Your Safety and Health Are Our Top Priority
When you arrive at our facility, you should know that our entire team is focused on delivering the highest standard of care. We do this while using protective equipment and following new coronavirus safeguards.
For your convenience, we have offices in multiple Texas locations, including Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Magnolia, and Huntsville.
To learn more about our health and safety protocols or make an appointment, please contact Northwest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today.