Letter to Our Patients and Colleagues
To Our Patient’s and Colleagues,
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), H1N1 (influenza) virus and most notably Coronavirus Covid -19 (SARS-CoV-2) are conditions that bring airborne transmission of disease to our attention during these critical times. Research indicates that indoor particulate matter (PM): bio-aerosols and virus particle size pollute the human body. It was assumed that these particles are exhaled with exhaled air, but evidence confirms these particles lodge deep within our lungs and get absorbed into the circulatory system leading to systemic effects.
At Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cleaner Air in the surgical office is our highest priority. We are now operating on the words of Lillian Russell, “Let the clean air blow the cobwebs from your body. Air is medicine.” Because of this, we have instituted patented Environmental Purification Technology in our office to manage both infectious and non-infectious airborne particulate.
First, we installed REME HALO by RGF into the air ducts of each one of our six HVAC units. The main advantage with the REME Halo system, is that it does not need the pollutants to travel to the air handler for UV treatment or filtration. This system is proactive and sends ionized, aggressive advanced oxidizers into the room to destroy the pollutants at the source, in the air and on surfaces before they can reach our patients, family or employees.
Second, we have installed Surgical Clean Air technology in our waiting room, consult and treatment rooms. These medical grade air purification systems utilize a multi-stage air purifying technology to work together to clean, purify and re-energize the indoor air. This six (6) stage filtration system works to remove particulate matter from the air – including potentially infective droplet nuclei. This reduction (dilution) or complete elimination of viruses, fungal and bacteria (99.9%) breaks the cycle of airborne disease transmission and reduces patient anxiety. “It’s like hand sanitizer for your indoor Air.”
- Removes dust and pollen that affects allergies
- Kills bacteria and viruses that make people sick
- Eliminates odors and volatile organic chemicals (VOC) that irritate people
- Re-energizes stale indoor air to make breathing easier, leaving everyone more revitalized
As Surgical professionals, we are compelled to make every effort to reduce the transmission of disease or route of infection. At Malmquist Oral Surgery we have taken necessary precautions in protecting our patients and staff from the transfer of infection by reducing the levels of bio-aerosols within our office. “Every American expects and deserves clean air, and then we act on that belief, then we will set an example for the rest of the world to follow” George H.W. Bush.
Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
Jay and Mike Malmquist, D.M.D.
Diplomats, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Important Information Regarding COVID-19
In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. Our practice strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly.
Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection. To ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of everyone at our practice, please reschedule your appointment if you or a member of your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms. In addition, please reschedule your appointment if you have traveled to any areas within the past 14 days that are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus.
We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Steps When Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html