November 16, 2020 by Bethany Rundell
Watch Now: Marcus Neuroscience Institute Delivers Safe, Effective Care During Pandemic
Today is World Spine Day 2020. Since an estimated one billion people worldwide suffer with spinal pain, it is an opportune time to remind everyone to take steps to restore their spinal health. Pandemic lockdown restrictions and a resultant lack of physical activity have increased people’s susceptibility to spinal pain and disability.
The pandemic has also caused some people to delay care and physical therapy because they are afraid of contracting COVID-19. But there are many health issues that must be promptly treated to achieve the best long-term outcomes, says Frank D. Vrionis, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., director and chief of neurosurgery at Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. In this video message, he highlights the robust protocols the Institute has implemented to maximize patient safety and effective care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keeping Patients Safe and Healthy
“People should not postpone visiting a doctor due to fear,” Dr. Vrionis said. “We are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of our patients. Our staff members wear masks and personal protective equipment and adhere to strict handwashing guidelines. We provide masks for our patients, conduct screenings and temperature checks as they enter the Institute and maintain strict social distancing protocols.”
The Institute’s common spaces and patient waiting rooms and treatment areas are deep cleaned thoroughly via surface cleaning, antimicrobial foggers and UV light disinfection. Surgical patients attend preoperative classes via Zoom meetings and receive drive-up COVID-19 tests prior to their procedures. And to ensure smooth transitions and efficient care, the Institute’s surgical treatment areas are centrally located within the same building so patients can stay at the Institute the entire time.
Proactive Steps to Maintain Good Health
“It is important for people to prioritize their health and see a doctor if they are experiencing health concerns,” Dr. Vrionis advised. “When it comes to conditions affecting the nervous system, delaying treatment can cause complications and worsen outcomes.” High-priority conditions include spinal cord or nerve compression, stroke, tumors, fluid in the brain, seizures and memory and balance disorders.
Patients have the option to schedule a virtual visit with one of the Institute’s experts to begin the diagnostic process and determine the next steps in a treatment plan. Many insurance companies and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have broadened access to telehealth services so patients can receive a wider range of services without traveling to a healthcare facility.
At the Forefront of Stem Cell Therapeutics
Patients seeking neurologic and neurosurgical care at Marcus Neuroscience Institute receive the most advanced treatments from some of the most respected clinicians in their fields. Dr. Vrionis and Khalid A. Hanafy, M.D., Ph.D., the Institute’s director of Research, have initiated clinical trials using stem cells in critically ill COVID patients and are expanding research and clinical trials using stem cells to treat stroke and brain tumors. “These therapeutic innovations can improve the quality of life for our patients,” Dr. Vrionis said.