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What You Should Know About Spider Veins (Even If You Are Young)

If you have been distressed recently and noticed the appearance of little red and blue lines on your legs, don’t panic. Yes, you are young, healthy, and quite fit, so why would you see those “old lady” spider veins?

You may not like how they look, but the fact is they are really nothing to become upset about, and they happen to be quite normal. With that said, there are some facts you should know about spider veins even if you are young.

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Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic & Your Upcoming Visit

 

The Vein Center at Brinton lake is implementing a S.A.F.E. approach to ensuring the safety and health of our patients and staff, while meeting the ongoing healthcare needs of our community.

 

The S.A.F.E. acronym stands for:

Social distancing requirements

Applied universal masking and temperature screenings

Facility safety enhancements

Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.

Our commitment to patient safety considers every step in our patient interaction:

 

Pre-Visit Screening and Registration:

·       Within 72 hrs of prior their office visit, all patients will be asked screening questions over the phone. Their appointment will be confirmed once they pass the screening questionnaire.

·       Patients that pass the initial over the phone screening will be given their appointment time and date, with instructions on how to enter our facility.

·       In addition to the screening questions, all new patients will have an over-the-phone interview so we can gather the majority of the appropriate medical information including the reason for the visit, past medical history, current medication list, and insurance information.

 

Upon Arriving at our Facility:

·       Safe Check-in: Once you arrive at our facility, you will call our office number to notify our staff, and will be allowed to remain in your car until our technologist is ready to start your exam. You will not spend time in a “waiting room”.

·       Our staff will send you a text message or call instructing you to enter the building through our facility screening station.

 

Entering Our Facility:

·       All employees and patients/visitors must undergo on-site screening upon entry into our facility.

·       Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked several verbal screening questions.

·       If you do not arrive with a face mask, one will be provided at the screening station. All staff and all visitors MUST wear a face mask at all times within the facility.

·       Only patients are permitted within the facility unless the patient is a child or physical assistance is needed

·       Practice social distancing, maintaining a minimum of 6ft distance whenever possible.

 

During Your Visit:

·       Immediately following screening at the facility entrance, you will go directly to our exam room, and bypass the office waiting room.

·       All exam rooms will be cleaned before and after your appointment. We have extended all exam time slots.  This will allow adequate time for our staff to clean the room and equipment after each use

·       In addition to our established business hours cleaning protocols, our facility is cleaned every evening after business hours by a professional cleaning company.

·       We adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) guidelines in our quest to maintain a safe patient environment. This includes the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and hand-washing routines.

·       All staff wipe down their work areas at the beginning and end of their workday.

·       We have adequate supply of PPE and germicidal wipes (such as Sani-cloths)

 

Our Commitment to Your Safety:

·       The Vein Center at Brinton Lake will not see patients in our office that have new onset COVID-19.

·       All patients coming to our office should self-screen at home prior to arriving.

·       All patients should practice hand hygiene BEFORE and AFTER their appointment, including thorough soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (available at our facility).

·       Any patients with the following criteria will not be seen in our office (these criteria may change over time as we adhere to CDC, ACR, and PA DOH guidelines):

                  o   Positive COVID-19 test result

                  o   Recent testing for COVID-19 but awaiting test result (Person Under Investigation)

                  o   New cough

                  o   New shortness of breath

                  o   Fever over 100.0

                  o   Sore throat

                  o   New loss of taste or smell

·       All patients will be verbally screened by our staff over the phone prior to visit and also upon entry into our facility.

·       Anyone who fails verbal screening or temperature check will be denied admittance to our office.

 

Please Remember to Take These Everyday Precautions:

-Avoid contact with those who are sick.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

-Stay home if you are sick.

-Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in trash.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

-Use alcohol based hand sanitizer.

-Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

-Practice social distancing.

 

 

For more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Free Vein Consultation March 30th

 
Do you want healthy legs that look and feel their best?
 

Attend our Free Vein Consultation Event
 
Monday, March 30th

Appointments available between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
 

During your visit, you’ll receive a private consultation with one of our physicians and a vascular sonographer to learn if you suffer from vein disease and what treatment options are available to you.
 
Most treatment options are covered by insurance.

 
To allow adequate time with each patient, registration is required.

Please call 610-579-3516 to reserve your space or complete an Appointment Request HERE.

 

 

The Importance of Seeking Treatment at an IAC Accredited Vein Center

IAC Accreditation

Patients are faced with numerous choices when seeking medical care.  Fortunately, patients can have peace of mind when visiting centers that have been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

What is the IAC?

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) is a nonprofit organization in operation to evaluate and accredit facilities that demonstrate quality patient care.  The IAC’s mission is Improving health care through accreditation®

How does a center become IAC Accredited?

The process of becoming an accredited Vein Center is intensive and involves an application and review process by a panel of medical experts.  During the review, both the operational and technical components of the facility are assessed along with case studies and final outcomes to determine the quality of health care provided to patients.

Why is the IAC Accreditation Important?

The IAC Accreditation is a “Seal of Approval” patients can trust to ensure a Vein Center has demonstrated a commitment to quality patient care in vein treatment and management.  Re-accreditation occurs every three years ensuring that facilities make a long-term commitment to excellence.

Is the Vein Center at Brinton Lake Accredited?

Yes, the Vein Center at Brinton Lake was the first Vein Center in Delaware County to be granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in 2017.

Accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

The Vein Center at Brinton Lake is proud to announce that we are the first Vein Center in Delaware County to be granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC indicates that The Vein Center at Brinton Lake has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vein treatment and management. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.