- March 25, 2020
Asana Recovery remains open and committed to helping individuals struggling with addiction, especially in these uncertain times. As a treatment center working with a high risk population, we feel that our past experience has been and will be crucial in dealing with this particular infection outbreak. Although we are always aware of infection control, due to the Coronavirus we have increased our safety and prevention as a top priority in regard to COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus). Asana Recovery is strictly following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s recommendations and taking as many actions as possible to protect our patients and staff.
Overview of Our Approach
Admissions: Our trained Admissions Counselors have lengthened the screening of all potential patients prior to admission. Additional questions will now include personal travel history, potential exposure, potential contact with someone who has traveled to areas of concern, any direct contact by the patients with persons diagnosed with COVID-19, any symptoms of illness and a confirmation of patient temperature. Those who screen positive will not be admitted to treatment and those who screen negative will be eligible for admission and further monitoring.
Patient and Staff Safety: As part of our Joint Commission Certification, our facilities have already established an Infection Control Team which is led by our Medical Director, Dr. Christian Small and Lead LVN Tania Maalouly. The purpose of the Infection Control Team is to ensure hygiene and safety measures are consistently in place and being followed at each facility. The team is also responsible for coordinating company responses to any potential breaches and establishes protective protocols should any of our patients or employees show symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. The team is monitoring the situation daily to implement most up-to-date procedures and monitor outbreaks.
Staff Monitoring: Our staff are the first responders and front line workers so we are monitoring their health and movement to ensure they are not infected with COVID-19 virus. If Staff are exposed or demonstrate symptoms they will be requested to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which dictates 14 days of isolation with no symptoms from the time of contact. In addition we have screened and training a reserve workforce to ensure that patients will continue to receive the care and attention they need.
Specialized Treatment: Asana Recovery’s clinical team are trained on the effects of anxiety related to COVID-19 and we have modified our programming schedule to ensure that the patients have a forum to address their concerns.
Facility Hygiene: Asana Recovery has increased our facility disinfection and cleaning routine to continue throughout the day along with regularly scheduled deep cleanings. Staff and patients are practicing strict hand hygiene and avoiding skin to skin contact.
How To Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Community?
The CDC is requesting daily preventative actions to help reduce the spread of respiratory diseases including:
Avoid handshakes, hugs and kisses.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick or displaying symptoms and stay away from others if you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touches objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. This includes phones, keys and credit cards.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Our laboratory recommends the following immunity boosting measures:
High doses of Vitamin D (10,000 units per day).
Getting sun time helps increase Vitamin D
Daily Vitamin regimen.
Drink plenty of water and fluids.
Evolving Procedures and Policies
As information on the coronavirus continues to evolve, we are examining our procedures closely and updating our procedures and policies as necessary. We will remain open and look forward to continuing to provide critical addiction treatment and resources to the millions of people suffering from the disease of addiction.
We realize that this outbreak and information regarding the outbreak are evolving on a daily basis, and we will continue to monitor the situation daily and evolve as needed. Our commitment to remain open and serve individuals in need is still strong. We understand that the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting individuals, families and communities, but we are confident that by working together and staying ahead of the outbreak as much as possible, we will all get through this together.