Update: 3/20/20 Total Health Systems is here for you! COVID-19

//Update: 3/20/20 Total Health Systems is here for you! COVID-19
03/20/2020

UPDATE TO OUR PATIENTS:

 

We are open for business, and even with the announced shut downs of certain types of business, as a healthcare facility, we will still be open and providing care.  Precautions that healthcare facilities need to take regarding patient scheduling were outlined by Governor Whitmer this week:

An Executive Order signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer explains restrictions on visitor entry into all health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities.

These facilities must prohibit any visitors that: are not necessary for the provision of medical care, the support of activities of daily living, or the exercise of power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for an individual under the facility’s care; are not a parent, foster parent, or guardian of an individual who is 21 years of age or under and who is under the facility’s care.

In essence, if the person is not at our facility for their own treatment or as an adult or juvenile guardian of the patient receiving care, they should not come to the facility.  It is just a way for healthcare to manage volume of people through the office.  This will not in any way effect your level of care or your treatment schedule.

The information below was previously shared to our patient base, but it bears repeating.  Please read!

How COVID-19 Spreads

Although the first human cases of COVID-19 likely resulted from exposure to infected animals, infected people can spread SARS-CoV-2 to other people.  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, including:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e., experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this type of asymptomatic transmission with this new coronavirus, but this is also not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you stay home and isolate yourself.  Local hospitals (Beaumont and soon Henry Ford will both have curbside testing) to confirm presence of COVID-19 virus.  We encourage you to report there.  We will not have test kits available at our facility.

Basic Infection Prevention Measures

To protect our patients, we must emphasize basic infection prevention measures. Good hygiene and infection control practices include:

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing. Utilize soap and water and spend a minimum of 20 seconds scrubbing all surfaces of your hands.  Alcohol based hand sanitizer may be used in place of hand washing when appropriate
  • At first signs of sickness, employees and patients should remain at home. Specifically with COVID-19, coughing, fever, and upper respiratory symptoms are predominant.
  • Encourage and use respiratory etiquette: This means covering coughs and sneezes with the corner of your arm/elbow.
  • Proper use of tissues and trash receptacles for tissue waste
  • Using Clorox wipes and/or Hospital grade germicidal (Citrus II) to regularly clean exposed surfaces. This includes treatment surfaces, commonly shared equipment, phones, keyboards.  Disposable towels should be used when possible.
  • Using treatment paper on tables and keeping it fresh for each new patient
  • Changing bedding during patient changeover and using disinfectant

Preventative Health Measures

Total Health Systems is a primary healthcare provider that focuses on preventative healthcare.  As such, we recommend our employees and our patients take the following actions to aid in the support of their immune system:

  • Nutrition:
    • Avoid simple sugars and processed carbohydrates that can depress the immune system, including fast foods, sodas, candy, etc.
    • Eat food high in micronutrients, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Maintain proper hydration levels to ward off infective agents (DRINK WATER)
  • Get adequate rest:
    • Sleeping 6-8 hours minimum per night with no ambient light or within 6 feet of EMF producing appliances (phones, refrigerators, etc.)
  • Continue to exercise:
    • This improves lymphatic flow by muscular contraction, which aids in immune system function
  • Think positively:
    • Don’t promote fear; Promote accurate information regarding the current situation.
  • Chiropractic adjustments
    • There is positive correlation with proper spinal alignment and optimized nervous system function, which ultimately influences immune function at a higher level. Get Adjusted.
  • Supplementation:
    • We have stocked up on products to help boost your immune system. We encourage our employees and patients to take the following supplements specifically to optimize immune function:
      • Immucore (Metagenics)
        • 3 tablets per day to support immune function
      • D3 10000 (Metagenics)
        • 1 capsule per day
      • Ultrapotent C 1000
        • Minimum 1 per day to tolerance (excess vitamin C can cause loose stools)
        • Vitamin C has been shown in China currently to help prevent and reduce symptoms of Coronavirus
      • Ultraflora immune booster (Metagenics)
        • 1 per day to support immune processes in the gut flora
      • Congaplex (Standard process)
        • 6 per day to support immune function

We will continue to provide information and updates from the CDC and Michigan Department of Health as that information becomes available.  We will remain open and available to serve our patients during this difficult time, we just ask that you work with us to help protect other patients, our employees, and the community we serve.  Thank you.

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