Dear Investigators, Research Coordinators and Staff Members,
The PRCTRC Clinical Research Center is a facility where many people gather, this could pose a risk to participants and staff in the face of the COVID19 pandemic. The following are preventive measures to mitigate the risk of infection:
- Each coordinator is required to call their participants the day before their appointment:Phone screening: Do you have or had a fever in the last three weeks? Do you have or had a cough in the past three weeks? Do you have or had breathing problems in the last three weeks?
Reschedule appointments if necessary, and advice your participants to seek medical care.
- Consider canceling appointments for immunocompromised or high-risk participants (elderly, or with chronic respiratory diseases, etc.)
- If possible, consider doing the interviews by phone or electronically rather than requesting that subjects visit the Center.
- Study Coordinators/ Personnel should call participants the day before scheduled appointments, asking the participant about any fever (active and over the past 2 weeks), coughing, or respiratory problems. The PRCTRC management will be temporarily stationing a nurse at the entrance of the Center to do a screening before entering the facilities. All people who arrive at the Center will be evaluated (temperature screening and questions). The flowchart bellow illustrates the COVID-19 screening process for the PRCTRC, which will be in place until further notice. (see flowchart)
- Consider reducing the number of visits for your study because these measures will limit the nursing staff support.
- Participants will be advised to make preventive measures:Stay home if you feel sick
- Do not shake hands or kiss
- Maintain distance when talking (6 feet)
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water
- Regarding our PRCTRC personnel:
- ALL staff (investigators, coordinators, research assistants and PRCTRC employees) must enter through the main door, where the nurse will take the temperature before proceeding.
- The PRCTRC administration will be supporting the institutional initiative aimed at minimizing the risk of infections. According to the Manual on the Registration and Control of Attendance of the Teaching and Non-Teaching Personnel of the Medical Sciences Campus, Article III, Basic Norms, Item F, Absences from Work, no. 4: “An employee who is absent due to illness for more than five days, must go to the Occupational Health Clinic to complete the process established in the Regulation for Return to Work After Illness.” If applicable, you must deliver your medical certificate to the nurse at the entrance door. All staff must comply with this rule.
- All personnel including students, present during a dental procedure (participating or observing) must wear a mask.