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Important COVID-19 Information

Posted in General | Tagged ASRM, Coronavirus, COVID-19 March 18, 2020

March 23, 2020 update:

Beginning March 30th, and until further notice, Fertility Solutions Woburn and Providence office locations will be temporarily closed in response to COVID-19. Our Dedham location will remain open with limited hours to serve any of our patient’s urgent clinical needs.

Fertility Solutions’ physicians will remain available for telemedicine consultations and follow-up visits to allow for appropriate care and treatment planning.
These restrictions are being put in place with the safety of our patients and employees in mind. Having fewer people commuting and fewer people together in the office reduces risks for everyone.

Our Dedham location will be open and operational from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM to serve any immediate clinical care needs of our patients.

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March 18th, 2020 update:

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a continuously evolving situation that is affecting Massachusetts, the United States and the international community. We want our patients to feel confident that we are closely monitoring all developments and adhering to recommendations from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), The American Society of Reproductive Medicine ( ASRM) and local and state health agencies.

Yesterday, the ASRM updated their guidelines.


ASRM Issues New Guidance on Fertility Care During COVID-19 Pandemic: Calls for Suspension of Most Treatments

Mar 17, 2020
Author: ASRM
Origin: ASRM Press Release

For immediate release

Washington DC - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the global leader in reproductive medicine, today issues new guidance for its members as they manage patients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Developed by an expert Task Force, of physicians, embryologists, and mental health professionals, the new document  recommends suspension of new, non-urgent treatments.

Specifically, the recommendations include:

  1. Suspension of initiation of new treatment cycles, including ovulation induction, intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), in vitro fertilization (IVF) including retrievals and frozen embryo transfers, as well as non-urgent gamete cryopreservation.
  2. Strongly consider cancellation of all embryo transfers, whether fresh or frozen. 
  3. Continue to care for patients who are currently ‘in-cycle’ or who require urgent stimulation and cryopreservation.
  4. Suspend elective surgeries and non-urgent diagnostic procedures.
  5. Minimize in-person interactions and increase utilization of telehealth.

The above recommendations will be revisited periodically as the pandemic evolves, but no later than March 30, 2020, with the aim of resuming usual patient care as soon and as safely as possible.  ASRM has been closely monitoring developments around COVID-19 since its emergence. Data on its impact on pregnancy and reproduction remains limited. However, the task force used best available data, and the expertise and experience of the members to develop the recommendations. Until more is known about the virus, and while we remain in the midst of a public health emergency, it is best to avoid initiation of new treatment cycles for infertility patients. Similarly, non-medically urgent gamete preservation treatments, such as egg freezing, should be suspended for the time being as well. Clinics who have patients under treatment mid-cycle should ensure they have adequate staff to complete the patient’s treatment and should strongly encourage postponing, the embryo transfer.

Catherine Racowsky, President of ASRM, noted, “ASRM is striving, as we always do, to ensure our members have the very best information available as they care for their patients. We are all facing a great deal of uncertainty, but we do know our health care system is about to be stressed in a way it has never been stressed before. Only by working together medical professionals, patients, citizens of an inter-connected world, can we hope to meet this latest challenge.”

Ricardo Azziz, CEO of the ASRM stated, “This is not going to be easy for infertility patients and reproductive care practices. We know the sacrifices patients have to make under the best of circumstances, and we are loath to in add, in any way. to that burden. And it will not be easy for our members. The disruption to routines, the stress on staff members and the very real prospect of economic hardship loom large for ASRM members all over the world.  But the fact is that given what we know, as well as what we don’t, suspending non-urgent fertility care is really the most prudent course of action at this time.”

Dr. Racowsky added, “We should recognize that the situation on the ground is fluid, and as such we will continue to revisit and review our recommendations at least every two weeks, to provide providers and their patients with the best information and support we possibly can.”

www.asrm.org


We understand that you may have questions about how this affects your treatments, how we are helping to minimize the spread of the disease, how our business operations may change during this unprecedented time. We are committed to the health and safety of our patients and staff. We will be completing all cycles and diagnostic testing that have already started. At this time, we advise all patients to check back intermittently and we will provide an update to this ever-evolving situation, thru our website and social media. Our goal is to resume full service and activities as soon as it is safe, and the guidelines have been updated. We will no longer be offering in office consults but will be moving to a virtual platform for all appointments.

For those patients who will be coming to our center over the next two weeks, to complete their treatment, please see below:

Prevention & Treatment of COVID-19

Please be advised that all patients entering the clinic will be screened related to current health, travel history, and COVID-19 exposure. If you are already experiencing flu-like symptoms or have recently traveled to a high risk country and you are currently in treatment or are scheduled to come in for an appointment or procedure, we ask that you call our office immediately to discuss your options.

Social Distancing & Single Guest Policy

In an effort to best serve our patients and keep our staff safe, we are adhering to recommendations for “social distancing” by offering telemedicine appointments for both new patient consultations and follow-up visits that do not require in-office examination

Please be advised that, until further notice, we are implementing a single guest policy. Only one guest will be permitted to accompany any patient while onsite.  Additionally, children and animals will not be permitted in the office at this time. In an abundance of caution, visits from outside vendors or sales representative will not be allowed.

Coronavirus and Pregnancy

According to the most recent CDC guidance, pregnant women and their fetuses may not be at increased risk if infected by coronavirus. Current recommendations are to optimize hand hygiene, avoid touching one’s face, and to avoid travel to Level 2 and 3 countries that are being updated daily on the CDC website at: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnancy-faq.html

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