Telemedicine visits are now available.
In response to the Coronavirus crisis (COVID-19), we are making efforts to maintain the safety of our patients and staff. We have made some modifications to our clinic operations. For those patients receiving immunotherapy (allergy shots) we have made temporary adjustments to our procedures. Below are the changes as follows:
- If you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR you recently traveled to a country experiencing novel coronavirus, DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING and call the NM Department of Health at 855-600-3453.
- If you are sneezing or coughing, presumably due to allergy, please postpone your injections until the symptoms have resolved. The coronavirus is spread by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Prior to entering the clinic, you will be screened for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms.
- You will also be required to wear a face mask or face-covering while inside the clinic.
- ONLY PATIENTS RECEIVING IMMUNOTHERAPY (ALLERGY SHOTS), or in-person appointments will be allowed in the waiting room.
- Seating capacity in the waiting room will be reduced to comply with the “social distancing” recommendation by the CDC. If the waiting room is full when you arrive, please consider returning another time for your injection.
- We realize that there is often a high volume of patients receiving immunotherapy (allergy shots) in the waiting room. In order to prevent overcrowding, we recommend a modification to the allergy shot schedule by decreasing the frequency of injections.
- If you are in the maintenance phase, you may receive your allergy shots up to every four weeks. You may return to your normal maintenance dose schedule when the clinic returns to its normal operations.
- If you are in the build phase, you may postpone your build and receive your current dose every two weeks and resume your build when the clinic returns to its normal operations.
- If you are in the early build phase, you may receive your injections once a week and may return to twice a week dosing when the clinic returns to its normal operations.
- A thirty-minute wait period for monitoring after receiving your injection remains the standard of care. However, due to limited seating in the waiting room during peak times, we have developed a process to accommodate patients waiting outside or in their car during this thirty-minute monitoring period. The process is as follows:
A. After receiving your injection, we will collect your shot patient identification card. (this is the card you use to check in for your shots).
B. You will be provided a placard such as a bright colored card to place on your windshield. We will have AAANM personal periodically monitoring the parking lot for safety. The windshield placard will help us identify where you are in the parking lot.
C. Once you have completed the thirty-minute monitoring period, your shot patient identification card will be returned. If you do not wait to receive your identification card, your immunotherapy may be suspended until after you have had a visit with your provider.
We thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain safety during this Coronavirus crisis.
Everyone has a role in preventing the spread of illness, especially to protect people who are most at risk. Taking these steps will also prevent the spread of flu and the common cold:
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
· Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.