Miami Plastic Surgery: Our Plan for Reopening Safely
Submitted by Dr. Bernabe Vazquez on April 29, 2020
Dr. Bernabe Vazquez, Board-Certified Miami Plastic Surgeon: My Plan for a Safe Reopening
As America begins its phased reopening after COVID-19, it’s becoming clear many facets of our lives will be different than they were. Businesses and organizations are investing in ways to keep people safe as they resume operations. The safety of both team and client is at the center of any responsible business owner’s reopening plan, and cosmetic surgery is no different.
Our goal in the weeks and months ahead is simple: To do everything we can to help flatten the curve of the Coronavirus, while keeping our team and patients as safe as possible.
Dr. Bernabe Vazquez and his staff are closely following both Florida’s state and federal regulations and guidelines related to operating safety. As of now, the target for phase one of their reopening is Monday, May 11.
“Obviously, the virus is still around,” Said Dr. Vazquez. “We’re going to have to change our ways a bit, and that’s ok. We’ll do whatever is necessary to keep everyone as healthy as possible.”
This means under no circumstance, will patients, patient friends and family, or staff be permitted in our offices if they are exhibiting any signs of illness. Performing elective surgery on someone who’s immune system is compromised is dangerous, as is exposing a surgical patient to infectious risk.
We want you to know we take our role as medical professionals seriously, and will always prioritize safety over profit.
“God willing, things will return to normal over time,” said Dr. Vazquez. “We will be reopening slowly and carefully, with the best interest of everyone in mind. Health and safety are the bottom line.”
Here’s a look at some of the ways things have changed at Dr. Vazquez’s Miami office ahead of and during phase one …
- All patients/ prospective patients and staff will regularly have their temperatures taken to ensure optimal health
- All patients will be tested for COVID-19 before undergoing surgery
- Waiting room access for friends and family will now be limited to one person per patient
- All medical and office staff will be tested for COVID-19 regularly
- Non-essential staff will not be in the office or interacting with patients
- Our offices will be continue to be regularly cleaned and sterilized, with new, additional sterilization measures taken in common areas — such as offices and waiting rooms
- Our anesthesia machine has been retrofitted with a special filter for additional protection (this is in addition to the current sterilization and advanced safety features the machine already has)
If you have questions about our phased reopening, our plan for safety, or cosmetic surgery procedures of any kind – please don’t hesitate to call us directly at 786-352-0287.