16 Mar Compass Peds COVID-19 Protocol
Dear Compass Pediatrics Family:
School closings, containment zones, and quarantines are ramping up. Coronavirus anxiety amongst all of us, from the youngest, who respond to our stress, to the elderly, who are most affected, to those of us in the middle, who feel responsible for the whole family. Your providers at Compass Pediatrics are here for you, not only for medical care but as a source of reliable and sane information. We suggest you look at COVID-19 information from two perspectives:
- Personal Safety: the vast majority of people infected by COVID-19 will have mild illness, especially children.
- Community responsibility: the CDC and Health Department are trying to limit spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas, and social distancing are being implemented for these purposes.
The best way to stay healthy is by practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and staying away from large gatherings when possible. Take advantage of the nicer weather and socialize outdoors! If you or anyone in your family is sick, stay home. When needed, cough into your elbow.
Your Compass Pediatrics team will help you through this crisis, as we have so many times in the past. Our team was on the front line of H1N1 infection – we made it through that, and together, we will make it through this!
If your child is sick please call us. We will be screening all patients carefully and doing what is needed to keep our families safe. Our office has the ability to utilize telemedicine via Anytime Pediatrics. We ask that our families head to our website www.compasspeds.com and click on the after-hours tab to download the app proactively. You will see our practice code of 1065. We encourage you to pre-register your children in the case that you may use it. We have the ability to use telemedicine to facilitate ADHD visits and behavioral consults, as well as some sick appointments. You may call our office at 615-461-0656 for more information.
Keep your scheduled well-care appointments. Children still need to get physicals and the vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious than coronavirus. Our office has implemented procedures to keep you safe. We are following the appropriate CDC recommendations, and are cleaning intensely and often.
What else can you do?
Shut off the TV and give yourself and your children a break! When possible, keep their schedules normal. If your district is open, send them to school. Look for anxiety symptoms – such as moodiness, trouble sleeping and separation anxiety. Talk to your children about their fears. Reassure them.
Check on your elderly neighbors, family and friends. These people are most at risk for complications of Coronavirus. Ask if you can get them food, medicine or anything else they need. We are a community, we need to take care of each other.
Mary Kathryn Oliver, a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, is delighted to be back in Sumner County where both she and her husband were born and raised. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing she worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Her passion for caring for children continued to grow as she obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Pediatric Concentration to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. During her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner she has precepted graduate students from Vanderbilt, Belmont, Union University, and the University of Tennessee. She loves the ability to teach and strives to give back to the future of nursing through teaching, mentoring, and precepting. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.