At Akumin, the health and well-being of our employees, patients, partners, and communities remains our top priority. As of 2023, we are continuing to follow the latest data and guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), Department of Health (“DOH”), Department of Labor (“DOL”), and other overseeing regulatory bodies that impact our business, to ensure the highest standards of infection prevention and control.
ENHANCED SAFETY MEASURES
Akumin continues to follow CDC and state and local health department guidelines relating to infectious disease protocols. In high transmission areas, we may pre-screen individuals entering our facilities, limit the number of individuals in our clinics and apply other protocols to protect patients, personnel and the broader community.
COVID-19 TASK FORCE
Akumin’s clinical committee has created a COVID-19 plan of action that guides the conduct of our staff to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to help make the workplace safer for everyone. This includes access to our dedicated COVID hotline where staff can call to ask questions, report any potential exposure to COVID-19 and notify management of any incidences of non-compliance with our policies and procedures.
TRAINED HEALTHCARE STAFF
Our staff has completed additional training based on the latest CDC guidelines to protect our patients, staff and community. We have also instituted additional infectious disease precautions and protocols for the patient-visit and post-visit cleaning requirements which align with CDC guidelines.
SICK TIME POLICIES
Immediately upon the pandemic’s impact early in 2020, we implemented enhanced sick time policies to ensure that our staff are supported if they or a family member experience COVID-19 or directly related impacts. We also follow all federal, state and jurisdictional leave policies put into place during the pandemic.
COMPREHENSIVE SITE PROTOCOLS AND INFECTION CONTROL
Every individual site of care has a comprehensive infection control program and standard clinical quality and safety processes to mitigate the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
In coordination with infection control experts, the CDC, local departments of health and internal experts, we have implemented and continue to adjust patient screening processes specific to COVID-19. Sometimes, our patients are screened by our hospital partners before or after their time with us – and we find our patients are thankful that together, their healthcare providers are being thorough.
If a patient meets specific criteria which indicate a potential exposure to or infection with COVID-19, we provide them with clear next steps to protect their safety and health, as well as that of our Team Members and providers.
We will respect and accommodate any patient’s request to defer their appointment to a later date, particularly as it relates to any non-urgent service. Please notify us at least 24-hours in advance of your appointment to avoid incurring any late cancelation fees. If you have COVID-19 and need medically necessary services, please let our schedulers know and advise the clinic staff immediately upon check-in.