The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken up all of the air in the room in recent weeks. Information is coming at us from every direction. I’m not writing this post to give you advise that can be found in 100’s of places around the web. Instead, I am here to remind you that your initial evaluation visit is free from any nurse in the Network and there is no obligation to set up any future visits.
What Does It Mean for You?
It means that you can use that free evaluation visit to request a nurse come check on you or a loved one in your home for free. Instead of driving to a clinic where you may be exposed to someone else who is ill, a nurse can come to your home and perform a screening visit that includes:
- Checking your vital signs (temperature, pulse rate and rhythm, rate and work of breathing, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation [PulseOx]) and reviewing the numbers and their meaning with you.
- Checking your symptoms for signs of serious infection by listening to your lungs, your heart, and evaluating how well they are working.
- Reviewing infection control procedures with you and helping you develop a family plan to keep you and your loved ones – as well as our community – healthy and safe.
- Referring you to the appropriate level of care based on the evaluation.
Why Do We Provide Free Visits?
Frankly, we’re interested in keeping you safe and healthy. That means we need to meet you to know if we can help.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that people are worried. We’re here to help you decide if you need to seek medical help, or if you’re safe to stay at home. Sure, you can speak to a nurse on the phone to discuss your symptoms; but there’s no substitute for an in-person assessment of your symptoms. You have no obligation to us, and we have no expectation of a continued relationship with you. We simply want to do our part to help keep our communities healthy and safe. Of course, if you decide that you’d like to see your nurse again, they will be happy to set up an ongoing relationship with you.