Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Play

Warnock projected to win in U.S. Senate race for Georgia; new report urges Governor-Elect to fix PA unemployment system; rising land prices pose challenges for VA farmers and customers foot the Bill for Alabama Utility s political surveillance activities

Play

The nation watches as votes are counted in the Senate runoff in Georgia, the House holds hearings in the lame-duck session, and Capitol Police Officers receive medals for their heroism on January 6.

Play

The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Demand for Services Up at Dental Clinics

Play

Monday, November 2, 2020   

DENVER -- Colorado's community dental clinics are open again, after a brief closure due to an executive order by Gov. Jared Polis in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and demand for services is high.

An Nguyen, chief dental officer at Clinica Family Health, said the downtime allowed the state's safety-net facilities to secure enough personal protective equipment, and make changes to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Since social distancing is impossible during most procedures, clinics invested in technologies that recirculates air about every 6 minutes, using HEPA filtration and ionization to capture and remove bio-aerosols, and high-vacuum suction units.

"So essentially what happens is it keeps the air contained in one area, treats it before it has a chance to move to other spaces, which is really crucial when you have people moving in and out of a small space," Nguyen explained.

Most staff that were laid off or furloughed are also back, with some taking on different roles.

Some now screen patients before and during visits, others are 'runners' who move between rooms so other staff can stay in place.

Nguyen said all patients and staff get a temperature reading before entering the clinic, and must clear a COVID screening.

Erin Major, chief dental officer at Summit Community Care Clinic said workers wear N95 masks, covered by a Level 3 mask, and face shields during appointments.

She added when they were able to reopen, she was surprised that people were clamoring for services even if they weren't in pain. She said Summit has been booked solid since June, and staff are going above and beyond to ensure that everyone who needs care can get it.

"But we're doing our best, we're booked out about six weeks now," Major noted. "We can still get patients in, and we do, we have a commitment to seeing all patients that are in pain. So we do have openings every day for immediate and acute appointments."

Nguyen said while the closures created short- and long-term challenges, there was a silver lining. In addition to fast-tracking innovations such as tele-dentistry, and redesigning spaces and workflows, the pause allowed clinics to step back and focus on what was most important and in sync with their values.

"Our response to the pandemic has been ensuring safety for our patients and staff, and bringing our staff back to work," Nguyen stated. "Because without great, highly skilled staff, it is really hard for us to continue to provide the kind of high-quality access that we're known for."


get more stories like this via email

According to Consumer Reports, crowded windowless "factory farms" likely contribute to salmonella and campylobacter bacteria in poultry. The consumer advocacy publication suggests choosing organic-raised poultry over conventional. It acknowledges organic production is more costly. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

A new study is focused on concerns for Nebraska waterways. The three-year, independently funded research identifies rising levels of phosphorus and …


Environment

Promoting access to nature for underserved communities can improve quality of life while bolstering biodiversity and fighting climate change…

Social Issues

This holiday season, shopping at local small businesses could bring them as much as $88 billion, according to a survey from Intuit QuickBooks…


Environment

With Montana lawmakers looking at a large budget surplus, a group of hunters, scientists and landowners is asking them to consider creating a trust …

Soil erosion by water occurs when bare-sloped soil surface is exposed to rainfall, and the rainfall intensity exceeds the rate of soil intake, or infiltration rate, leading to soil-surface runoff. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

The Iowa Watershed Planning Advisory Council just released its annual report and said the Iowa Water Plan needs an update. The report showed climate …

Social Issues

By Phoebe Petrovic for Wisconsin Watch.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Wisconsin News Connection reporting for Wisconsin Watch-Public News Service …

Social Issues

Democrats have struggled to turn "red" rural areas "blue" across the country for years, but some left-leaning candidates won in 2022, raising the …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021