The Atlanta Institute for Advanced Education
We are an educational institute that instills principles of health sciences and serves as a portal of development for knowledge. The facility is designed to stimulate intellectual thought. The 78 individual theater chairs have built-in high speed internet connections as well as AC plugs for laptop users. The state-of-the-art audiovisual system allows for exceptional multimedia presentations. The facility also has two clinical operatories and a commercial laboratory to allow for interactive surgical, clinical or laboratory demonstrations.
Mission: We are committed to supporting the educational process, as well as the ongoing growth of the professional community. The institute’s facility is located in Atlanta, Georgia, conveniently close to the area's best restaurants, shopping, and hotels. The state-of-the-art facility has comfortable theater seating with individual high-speed internet access and electronics in each chair. The facility allows stimulating lecture formats, as well as interactive live surgical and clinical demonstrations. Audiovisual technology provides high definition visuals as well as sound. Whenever you are planning to give an educational program or attend a course at the Atlanta Institute for Advanced Education, you can be assured of having an exceptional educational experience.
COVID-19 Interim Proactive ADIS Strategy and Position Statement:
Purpose of This Document:
This interim proactive position paper outlines the strategies for the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry to prepare for and respond to community spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Although it is not possible to predict the future course of the outbreak, we will adapt our strategies to best care for our patients, staff, and the community. We believe it is critical for healthcare facilities to continue to provide care for all patients, irrespective of COVID-19 infection status, at the appropriate level. It will be important to adjust our treatment strategies as well as prioritize the care of patients so as to decrease the burden on the healthcare team, minimize the progression of oral disease, and do our part to decrease the transmission of the virus.
Interim Scheduling Policy:
For the next two weeks, no hygiene or elective re-care appointments will be completed at the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry.
No new restorative treatment will be initiated in the next two weeks. Previously scheduled comprehensive exams will be completed with minimal or no overlapping of patients. Emergency patients as well as patients who have had restorative treatment initiated will be scheduled in a prioritized manner, allowing for minimal wait time in common areas and minimal overlap time between patients.
Please be patient with us as we reschedule your appointment in order to best care for you as well as to do our part in decreasing the spread of the coronavirus.
Our Philosophy with Reference to Infectious Disease Control:
Doctors and Staff at the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry have been advocates for preventive health care for the past 40 years. During that time, there have been many changes in the field of medicine and dentistry, including newly discovered diseases, advanced infectious disease prevention protocols, and innovative treatments. As a society, we tend to adjust and even thrive through these various challenges. Dr. Mills was on Emory’s oral medicine staff in the 80’s at the initiation of the HIV epidemic. As a byproduct, our team has always incorporated the best and most appropriate infectious disease control processes available to the community.
Dr. Mills spent the week with other dentists at the Advanced Dental Implant Studies quarterly think-tank session. Along with the regular program, they discussed the COVID-19 virus and addressed standardized care, including evaluation of policies implemented by major health care institutes such as Cooper Clinic, Mayo, etc. They developed proactive protocols for patient and staff care during this time. We have continued to monitor Federal and State health recommendations on how we as dentists can best care for our patients, our staff, and our community.
We discussed measures to enhance patient care by developing and implementing improved sanitation and infectious disease preventive programs.
Infectious Disease Protocols at the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry:
While each one of us is our own best defense against this virus, below are a few steps we have implemented to limit infectious disease spread in the community:
• We have reinforced our policies regarding cleaning throughout the dental office, with wiping down surfaces, door handles, and equipment many times during the day. A new staff position has been developed to oversee infectious disease control and prevention.
• Our dental team is dedicated to hand washing between patient encounters and as many times as possible throughout the day. We encourage our patients to join us with frequent hand washing or the use of hand sanitizers. We have recommended that staff shower with Chlorohexidine (similar to the pre-surgical wash lotion that we have been using before surgical procedures) when they go home.
• We continue to proactively screen patients for a history of current illness both prior to their scheduled treatment and at the time of check-in. Patients with current illness are asked to reschedule.
• We will continue to utilize state-of-the-art sterilization methods and do in-house spore testing of our sterilization equipment.
• We will utilize hospital-level sterile surgical barrier, including patient sterile drape during surgical procedures. All dental implant procedures will be performed with Aseptic technique. This protocol is a set of specific practices and procedures performed under carefully controlled conditions with the goal of minimizing contamination by pathogens.
• All patients will be immediately escorted to separate treatment areas rather than be allowed to sit in a waiting room. If symptoms and history point to the possibility of Coronavirus illness the patient will be immediately referred for medical evaluation.
• If patients arrive at the dental office with acute illness, they will be immediately segregated. They are not left in the waiting room.
What You Can Do for Yourself:
As leaders in preventive medicine we encourage everyone to continue to care for their bodies, which are designed to naturally fight infections with a robust immune system. Important actions to consider:
• Do not smoke or vape
• A healthy diet is an important part of maintaining a good immune system.
• Adequate sleep is essential to maintain optimal health.
• Moderate exercise most days of the week is, of course, a mainstay of good health.
• Adequate vitamin supplementation, such as Vitamin D and zinc, may be of some benefit (especially if your diet is not optimal) to enhance your immune system, but natural intake through food is the best way.
How We Will Evaluate and Screen Patients:
All patients will be asked the following screening questions during appointment confirmation calls. These questions were provided from the CDC:
• Have you traveled in the last 14 days?
• Have you been exposed to a person who exhibits the symptoms of COVID-19?
• Have you had a fever, cough, or shortness of breath in the last week?
• Are you immunocompromised?
If any of the patients meet these criteria, they should be asked to reschedule. In addition, all patients who show for their appointment should be asked the same questions.
Utilization of Staff:
Clinical staff has been ongoingly briefed on the latest information on the coronavirus. They are asked to work on a volunteer basis with no negative repercussions if they elect not to work on patients during this period. We will potentially decrease work hours per staff member if appropriate. If any staff member feels compromised from a health perspective, they are asked to stay home. We will check temperature and respiratory function of all staff at the beginning of the day for proactive purposes.
Communication and Social Distancing:
While “Social distancing” has become a new phrase developed during this time as a physical method to aid in the spread of disease, it can have a psychological impact on individuals as well as in society. While we may elect to stagger patient appointments further apart, as well as to minimize our hugs and handshaking, we will enhance our communication with our patients. Please expect additional calls and text messages following your scheduled appointments. We will provide you with after hour direct lines to staff and doctors.
Remember, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying COVID-19 manifests as a mild illness in 80 percent of those afflicted with the illness. If you become sick, stay home and seek advice from your health care provider. Most illnesses during this season will NOT be COVID-19 related, but instead be the "common cold" or influenza which continue to circulate in the community.
My personal clinical schedule has been extremely busy during this time with virtually minimal cancellations. For whatever reason patients seem to feel safer going to dental offices to a greater degree than other places. Possibly it is as a result of preventative practice already in place from previous years, as well as they have extra time available for personal care. It will be critical to spread the patient appointments further apart so as to minimize the social interaction with patients. Whenever there may exist more than one patient in the office at one time, we will create significant separation between treatment areas. Together, we can combat this health care challenge in a logical, science-based approach. We are hopeful we will see a decline in the circulation of the current virus in the next 6 to 8 weeks. It is encouraging the number of new viral cases has begun to plateau in China and South Korea.
We are working as quickly as we can and, as information is forthcoming, we will alter the plan accordingly. We appreciate your patience and confidence in our path as we move forward together. I am confident that we will come out the other side of this stronger and better.
To your continued good health,
Edward Mills DDS
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