UPDATE: Coronavirus or COVID-19
Our community and your safety is important to us
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.
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.
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
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.
3/19/20 4:45 PM
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.
3/18/20 1:25 PM
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.
3/17/20 12:15 PM
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.
3/16/20 2:26 PM
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.
3/16/20 10:36 AM
3/16/20 8:00 AM
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.