Eye Exam and COVID-19
Tribute to Dr. Wenliang
Li Wenliang, MD, was an ophthalmologist in Wuhan China where the first official case of COVID-19 infection was detected. Dr. Wenliang was the first whistleblower who tried to warn his colleagues about a cluster of SARS-like pneumonia cases in December 2019. Soon after that, he was forced by Chinese officials to sign a letter stating that he made false comments to disturb the social order. Later, he contracted the virus from an asymptomatic glaucoma patient and died of COVID-19 infection.
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11th 2020. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is here to stay. However, collectively we can prevent its spread.
What does Eyecare MPLS do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Dr. Hennen is committed to keeping her patients, staff, and herself safe from COVID-19.
She utilizes the following Eyecare MPLS safety protocols:
Every morning upon entering the office Dr. Hennen and her staff wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and repeat the procedure frequently throughout the day
They log their temperature obtained with non-contact thermometer
They log answers to COVID -19 screening questions
They clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the morning, at the end of the day and throughout the day. The surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, faucets, sinks. They keep a log of cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
Dr. Hennen and her staff wear face masks and gloves throughout the day
All exam and testing rooms are disinfected before and after patient’s use
All doors to the exam and testing rooms are closed and have a sign “Room is sanitized and ready for use” if the room has been sanitized.
Once the patient leaves that room, the sign is changed to “Room needs sanitizing” for staff to disinfect it prior to next patient’s use.
Prior to entry into the office patients are screened for COVID-19 symptoms
Patients are provided with hand sanitizer to clean their hands
Patient’s temperature is checked with non-contact thermometer
Patients are expected to wear face masks and gloves during their visit. If they don’t have personal protective equipment, the face masks and gloves are provided by the clinic.
There are no patients waiting in the waiting room. Upon entering the office, the patient is immediately escorted to the exam or testing room.
Only one or two patients are scheduled per hour to prevent patient’s contact with other patients to minimize the risk of exposure
Other people accompanying patient (with some exceptions) are not allowed in the office
Eyecare MPLS: Stella Hennen, MD, MSPH
3033 Excelsior Blvd #205
Uptown, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Monday. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm