Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Life Center of Galax to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Life Center of Galax.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Virginia Lawmakers Make Naloxone More Available

In light of the recent surge in opioid-related deaths and overdoses across the United States, lawmakers and public health officials are looking for ways to intervene and prevent further loss of life.

One such measure can be seen in the state of Virginia, where it is now legal to obtain the drug overdose-reversal medication naloxone (commonly known as Narcan) at many CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the state. This drug can prove to be life-saving, and it is hoped that with greater ease of access, more people will have the ability to obtain this substance for themselves or a loved one.

Saving Lives

According to Tom Davis, RPh, vice president of Pharmacy Professional Practices at CVS Pharmacy, “naloxone is a safe and effective antidote to opioid overdoses, and by expanding access to this medication in our Virginia pharmacies by the use of a physician’s standing order for patients without a prescription, we can help save lives.”

Since drug overdose is the number one cause of accidental death in Virginia, new supports are necessary to combat the mounting death toll, and to educate the public on the dangerous effects of opioid abuse.

William Hazel, secretary for Virginia’s Health and Human Resources spoke recently of this alarming trend stating, “prescription opioid and heroin overdoses are killing our citizens, and we need to use every tool we can to fight that epidemic.”

A New Approach

First responders and emergency personnel have often carried overdose-reversing drugs like naloxone in the past, and while this approach has doubtlessly saved many lives, researchers have found that it is even more helpful for friends and loved ones to have easy access to these substances. This is due to the fact that friends and family members often have the ability to intervene in the case of an overdose, even before emergency medical personnel arrive on the scene.

But making drugs like naloxone more available is only a partial solution to the growing problem of opioid abuse in Virginia. Agencies in Galax, Virginia and across the state of Virginia must also continue to work with addictions professionals and treatment centers to educate the public about the dangers of opioid abuse.

Preventative education and quality opioid abuse treatment are just as necessary as medical intervention, and CVS is helping in these efforts as well. The large pharmacy chain has launched a website www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse to give patients and families a digital resource to learn more about drug abuse prevention.

In many ways, the state of Virginia is at the forefront of rolling out preventative efforts to combat drug abuse. In addition to educational programs and increased naloxone access, Virginia recently piloted a new project called Revive! that is designed to train the public on how to properly use naloxone.

It is hoped that through these combined efforts, Virginians will have access to the type of medications and preventative education that will prevent loss of life due to drug overdose.

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