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MVMA COVID-19 & Telemedicine

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Braun
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March 18, 2020


We wanted to share with you some protocols established by various state and private clinics for dealing with patients and clients in the current environment, and relay to you the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board statement on telemedicine during this time.

Telemedicine:

 

Under the current practice act, telemedicine is permissible when a veterinarian-client-patient relationship is established with the attending DVM. It is not permissible to establish a VCPR via telemedicine.

 

THAT SAID: After a discussion with licensing board chairman Dr. Michael Pfander, we are authorized to paraphrase that the licensing board is not able to issue a blanket statement, and must review and evaluate each complaint based on the individual situation. However, in these unique and difficult times,providing the best animal care while keeping veterinarians, staff and clients safe, will be the first major consideration in reviewing any case brought before it.


Suggested Protocols:

 

Excerpt from the MU Veterinary Health Center:

 

We are still open and seeing both emergency and elective cases. We are currently assigning fewer students to cases, so scheduling of elective procedures may be altered or uncharacteristically delayed to ensure adequate staffing.

 

We will be asking clients the following screening questions prior to arrival to determine if we need to take any extra precautions.

 

·Have you or your family members exhibited flu-like symptoms including fatigue, aches, fever or cough at any time during the past 14 days?

 

·Have you traveled outside the United States in the past 14 days or to regions within the United States where there are a high number of cases of COVID 19?

 

·Have you tested positive for the COVID-19 virus

 

Accommodations for clients who answer yes to any of these questions will be made to enable the client to remain in their vehicle and have remote communication with the medical staff.

 

We will be limiting both number and length of time that clients can visit hospitalized patients.

 

Meeting the needs of our equine patients while ensuring human safety is our top priority. During these evolving times, we will continue to keep you updated. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call.

 


Many clinics have adopted the above wording, and have added additional wording to offer drop off appointments (inside or curbside) with step by step instructions on how the client can set them up and execute them with minimal staff contact.

 

MVMA is trying to stay abreast of the most current COVID-19 announcements through our resource page on the MVMA website:   https://www.movma.org/news/488743/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Update.htm

 

We also recommend the following for the most up to date information:

 

AVMA resource page:avma.org/Coronavirus

 

MO Department of Health:https://health.mo.gov/

 

CDC Control and Prevention:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019

 


Upcoming MVMA Cancelled Events:

 

March 19, 2020 - Southwest VMA District Meeting

 

April 4, 2020 - MVMA Leadership Conference

 

April 9, 2020 - Northeast VMA District Meeting

 

April 16, 2020 - North Central VMA District Meeting

 


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