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Essential Healthcare Providers During the COVID-19 Crisis

 

As government authorities consider the closure of various businesses throughout CT and other states to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Chiropractic Association wishes to clarify the role that Chiropractic Physicians are performing during this crisis. Chiropractic physicians are trained as primary care physicians and are integral in examining and diagnosing patient illness and injury, triaging to provide natural based (non-drug) related treatments and/or to refer for appropriate procedures through other providers.

At any time and especially now, this has the effect of reducing:

  • burdens on other health care professionals and facilities
  • pharmaceutical use and abuse
  • surgical intervention and costs
  • necessity of hospitalization
  • patient disability

 

Specific considerations at this time:

  • Chiropractic physicians provide examination and triage for this infection including prescription for COVID-19 testing. Examination and diagnostic services that are readily available in chiropractic offices are needed to provide patient direction to regular activities, home isolation or hospital services.
  • Especially now, DCs are needed to help reduce the burden on emergency rooms. MDs are needed to address COVID-19. Hospitals beds, supplies, equipment can be saved for COVID-19 care when chiropractic care keeps patients out of hospitals by reducing surgeries, pharmaceuticals, and durations of hospital stays.
  • Medical staff are being overworked and chiropractic care can reduce the burden of physical and emotional stress on hospital and clinic medical staff. Chiropractic services in the worker's compensation system have been demonstrated to reduce work absence, costs of care, need for pharmaceuticals and surgeries, and to improve worker function and satisfaction.
  • During this pandemic, people will continue having other health conditions that require professional support and can be provided effectively in chiropractic offices. DCs are utilized for generalist care, primary care and specialty care by persons of all ages. Unusual physical stress is now being experienced by workers in many areas including logistics, trucking, financial and insurance sectors, for example, and the illness and injury caused can be efficiently addressed by chiropractic care.

 

Chiropractic physicians understand the implications of pathogenic substances in the office and take necessary precautions to minimize patient exposure of pathogens. For the COVID-19 infection, chiropractic physicians are taking additional precautions as described below.

  • Following CDC guidelines for clinic readiness for Coronavirus Disease including staff training, clinic disinfection procedures, patient triage by phone, reduction of clinic traffic, health department notifications.
  • Following CDC guidelines for Healthcare Professionals regarding guidance on care and triage of patients.
  • Following CT DPH guidelines for physicians issued March 16, 2020 regarding levels of patient care.

 

Further information and evidence informed resources are available. Please contact us should you need further information.

 

Claire Frisbie, DC                              Joanne Santiago, DC, DABCI, DACBSP, FICC

Executive Director                             President

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