Varicose veins are unsightly, and they can cause legs to throb and ache. They appear mostly on the legs due to force of gravity and the pressure of our body weight. Our leg veins have the job of moving blood from the bottom of our body up to the heart, and if the valves in our veins malfunction or become weakened, they don’t move the blood efficiently. As a result blood can pool in our legs, and the veins become stretched, leak or protrude.
There are ways to reduce the risk of this happening with 5 daily habits to prevent varicose veins.
Veins play a vital role in the body’s function, carrying blood from various parts of the body back to the heart. As people age, problems can begin to develop. The vein specialists at Vein Center at Brinton Lake are trained to diagnose and treat vein disease. If you begin to feel symptoms of circulatory dysfunction, It can be difficult to know when to visit a doctor.
If you shy away from wearing skirts or shorts in the summer, is it because you don’t want to display the unflattering spider veins on your legs? Both men and women can have this issue, and not only are they unsightly and possibly uncomfortable, but they can also be a risk for blood clots or open sores.
If you are thinking about getting treatments, consider these 5 things you need to know before getting spider vein treatment.
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.
Yes, of course, varicose veins can be unsightly and cause us to cover our legs even in warmer weather. We may try to hide them, but they are still there and can be affecting our vascular health. Here are a few reasons why varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic issue.
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):
Positive COVID-19 test result
Recent testing for COVID-19 but awaiting test result (Person Under Investigation)
New shortness of breath
Fever over 100.0
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.
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.