We are open for visits from all patients via telemedicine or on-site. We do ask that patients who wish to visit us on-site adhere to the following guidelines:
• Have been social distancing for at least two weeks.
• Have worn PPE (personal protective equipment, i.e. a face mask of some sort) when not able to socially distance.
• Have not been ill in any way (no fever, loss of taste or smell, or eye, nasal, throat, chest, or GI symptoms) for a minimum of two weeks.
• Have not been around anyone with the issues mentioned previously for at least two weeks.
• Will agree to come straight to the consultation and return straight home, practicing careful social distancing and hand hygiene while in transit in both directions.
Note that we are spacing appointments to facilitate social distancing in our space. We are also redoubling our already-meticulous cleanliness and virus protection strategies.
We are taking extraordinary precautions to protect your health and well-being as always and in keeping with current recommendations of the CDC. We use state-of-the-art sterilization/high-level disinfection for all of our instruments and sanitize exam rooms between patients.
To further reassure you, please note that Bastian Voice Institute is a tertiary-care facility for voice, swallowing, and airway disorders. Clinicians here therefore do not normally evaluate and treat persons with acute upper respiratory infection.
We do, however, have a large population of patients who cough not due to infection but instead as a result of a non-contagious neurological disorder of sensation called sensory neuropathic cough. If you happen to hear “coughing” or frequent throat clearing in our space, sometimes of an impressive nature, that person is not ill. Instead, he or she is experiencing a tickling sensation from nerve damage that is in turn initiating cough.