At DMOS Orthopaedics, there is no higher priority than ensuring our patients’ safety and peace of mind. With all of the news alerts about the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and have put procedures in place that follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and providers.
The DMOS leadership team is staying apprised of recommendations from international, federal and local agencies regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we will keep this webpage updated with information as it pertains to our patients, visitors, and team members.
Following the Governor’s reinstatement of all elective surgeries we are also open all of our clinics and resuming all services. For your safety as well as our patients and staff, if you are coming to one of our facilities please bring a mask and wear it.
Current hours of operation:· Physician Clinics: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
· Urgent Injury Clinic: West Des Moines: Monday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm (temporary hours)
· Urgent Injury Clinic: Ankeny: Monday 7:00 am – 11:00 am (temporary hours)
· Hand Therapy Clinic: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
· Physical Therapy Clinic: Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
· Interventional Physiatry: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
· MRI: By appointment
· Telehealth – DMOS Orthopaedic eCare Clinic: By appointment
We look forward to serving your needs safely. Thank you in advance for wearing a mask and being considerate of all who visit DMOS Orthopaedic Centers.
Today Governor Kim Reynolds announced that elective surgeries could start as early as Monday, April 27, 2020. We are excited about this news and are working through our processes and procedures to ensure surgeries are performed safely and COVID-19 testing is in place. We will contact you as soon as we have finalized and approved these measures. If your elective procedure was delayed by the restrictions we are asking that you to please wait for us to call you with more information. We will be in touch soon and appreciate your patience.
DMOS Orthopaedic Centers Implements Technology To Continue Seeing Patients
GROUP WORKS WITH EXISTING PATIENTS USING TELEHEALTH
DMOS Orthopaedic Centers has begun treating new and existing patients using the technology of telehealth. Telehealth, telemedicine, and related terms generally refer to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communication to assess patient needs and provide care. This is not a novel idea, as research traces telemedicine back to the 1930’s. However, innovations in technology are making telemedicine commonplace in modern day medicine.
Currently, with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus, there has been an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care. This expansion allows for people to stay at home to avoid the spread of the virus while still receiving care and observation from doctors monitoring the progress of treatment modalities and recovery.
“This traditionally has not been used in orthopedic care because we want to physically see patients a week to 2-weeks from surgery,” said Patricia Kallemeier, MD, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon. “We like to continually follow up to ensure that the wound and the surgical repair are properly healing.”
However, since the pandemic President Trump expanded telehealth benefits for Medicare which enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
“Until recently, telehealth was not a viable option for us,” said Nicholas Honkamp, MD and DMOS President. “However, with the COVID-19 pandemic this is one way we will be able to follow the progress of our surgical patients without putting them or our teams at risk for infection.”
DMOS Orthopaedic says that nearly half of the providers are using this technology to assess patients and the majority of patients are progress appointments from surgery at either 2 weeks, 1 month, 6 months or up to a year. The group say that the process has parameters in order to be successful including a high speed internet connection, natural lighting, a computer, external microphone, camera and possibly headphones for better communication.
DMOS Orthopaedic Centers are encouraging patients to inquire about this technology at 515-224-1414 and how the DMOS providers can work with patients to bring virtual appointment to their home and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Urgent Injury Clinics Modify Hours
West Des Moines: Mon – Fri: 12pm – 5 pm and Sat: 8am – Noon
Ankeny: Mon: 7am – 11am
This is only a temporary change during the pandemic. Physical & Hand Therapy and Interventional Physiatry are still seeing patients.
If COVID-19 has you stressed out here are 4 tips from the CDC on things you can do to support yourself:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
DMOS Orthopaedic Centers Limits Services to Urgent Patient Care Only
DMOS considers the following 5 situations Urgent/Emergent:
- Suture Removal
- First Post-Operative Appointment
- Cast Removal
- Acute Fractures
- Wound Care/Infection
If you have one of these conditions keep your appointment as scheduled. If your condition does not fall into one of these categories but you deem it urgent, keep your appointment. Physical and hand therapy, Urgent Injury Clinic, and MRI will remain open.
DMOS Orthopaedic Centers Limits Services to Urgent Patient Care Only
GROUP DOES PART TO “FLATTEN THE CURVE” AND CONSERVE SUPPLIES
(West Des Moines, IA) Saturday, March 21, 2020 – It is with a commitment to community, patients and team members that DMOS Orthopaedic Centers has made the difficult decision to limit clinics and outreach services to urgent patient care only.
The group is doing this to insure that necessary resources such as hospital rooms, personnel, and personal protective equipment are available to treat those patients affected with COVID-19.
“As physician’s we take an oath to serve to the best of our ability and judgement,” said DMOS Orthopaedic Centers President, Nicholas Honkamp, M.D. “We as a group unanimously agree that it is in the best interest of our community that we limit our services to urgent patient needs until further notice.”
These are unprecedented times and this situation is rapidly changing in the State of Iowa and our nation.
“There is no question that we are responding appropriately in this ever-changing environment,” said Rich Green, COO DMOS Orthopaedic Centers. “This temporary reduction of services gives us the opportunity to “flatten the curve” in our community. By practicing safety measures for patients and team, we are able to conserve supplies that may be needed to fight COVID-19.”
DMOS is following Governor Kim Reynold’s recommendation of a 14-day self-quarantine for those physicians and employees who left the State of Iowa during spring break and are suggesting the same for patients. DMOS Orthopaedic Centers did not give an indication of when full Orthopedic Services would resume. All non-essential surgeries have been postponed for one month and the doctors will continue to monitor and re-evaluate.
Effective Monday, March 23, DMOS Orthopaedic Centers will be temporally suspending all elective surgeries to insure that necessary resources are available to treat those patients diagnosed with the COVID-19. However, we will continue urgent and emergent surgery as determined by UnityPoint Health Systems.
Over the next few days we will contact currently scheduled surgery patients to postpone elective surgeries. Please know that we want to help those in pain alleviate that discomfort as quickly and safely as possible in these unpredictable times. In doing so, we have established a process that will allow us to reschedule current surgeries in a systematic manner to avoid as much delay as possible.
Our centers in Ankeny, Des Moines and West Des Moines remain open as we continue to see all patients for scheduled appointments, office visits and pre and post-surgery treatment as scheduled. This includes all orthopedic practices, Physical & Hand Therapy, Interventional Physiatry, Urgent Injury and MRI’s. Conversely, patients that we see in Chariton, Altoona, Grinnell, and Indianola are being contacted to reschedule appointments to a different site.
This situation is rapidly changing and we continue to assess and evaluate on a daily basis. DMOS Orthopaedic Centers is committed to our community and patients and will continue to post updates on our website (www.dmos.com) as information becomes available.
With the anticipated spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the State of Iowa, it has become necessary to review our surgery cases and current schedules.
We are doing this to ensure that necessary resources such as hospital rooms, hospital personnel, and personal protective equipment are available to treat those patients affected with the COVID-19.
We understand that this may result in a delay for your surgery and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Should your procedure need to be rescheduled, we will contact you directly, and we will do our best to proceed as soon as safely possible.
We plan to continue to see all patients for scheduled appointments, office visits and pre and post-surgery treatment as scheduled.
These are unprecedented times and this situation is rapidly changing. We want you to know that we will continue to post updates on our website (www.dmos.com) as information becomes available to us. Together through perseverance, communication and common sense we will get through this.
Thank you for your understanding.
Nicholas Honkamp, M.D.
All of our clinics are seeing patients today including Urgent Injury. For the safety of all we continue to screen all patients and visitors. We are following all CDC guidelines including the Level 3 Travel Health Notice. For the latest list of countries visit Travel Health Notices. (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/). Please reschedule if you have visited China, Iran, South Korea, Europe, Untied Kingdom, and Ireland in the last 14 days, or don’t feel well, have been exposed to COVID-19 or respective symptoms.
As a safety precaution Iowa Methodist Medical Center will not be offering Total Joint Replacement pre-surgery classes until April 2nd. If you have any specific questions please contact your care team via the patient portal or 515.224.1414.
For your safety and ours, currently we are screening all employees, patients and visitors coming into DMOS Orthopaedic Centers. All of our clinics are open during regularly scheduled business hours. We are asking any person who is feeling sick or has traveled internationally in the past 2 weeks to reschedule appointments by calling 515-224-1414 or online at: https://dmos.com/appointments/ .Please note when you arrive at DMOS Orthopaedic Centers your screening will consist a body temperature reading on your forehead and 3 questions:1. Have you traveled outside of the United States in the last 14 days?2. Do you feel healthy today?3. Have you been exposed to an individual with known or suspected COVID-19?Thank you,DMOS Orthopaedic Centers
Our clinics practice the following precautions, as recommended by the CDC, in light of COVID-19 prevention: Cleaning treatment tables and chairs between every patient visit. Disinfecting high-touch surfaces several times a day. Sanitizing practitioners’ hands between every patient visit. Providing hand sanitizer and tissues for patients’ use. Urging patients to cancel their appointments if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have traveled to high-risk areas, or have otherwise been exposed.
Cancelling appointments due to illness
We urge any scheduled patient who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has traveled to high-risk areas or has otherwise been exposed to cancel their appointment by calling 515.224.1414.
We are open At this time, the clinic remains open for normal hours.