COVID-19 Clinician and Patient Resources
NDMA is collaborating to ensure that the physician community of North Dakota is well informed and has resources to provide quality care to patients during the developing COVID-19 outbreak.
What You Should Know about COVID-19
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way for patients to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. The CDC recommends every day preventive actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Stay Up To Date
Guidance can rapidly change. Check the following resources for the most up-to-date information:
For questions related to COVID-19, physicians can call the NDDoH health hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week.
The Science on the Benefits of Masking
February 26, 2021
Paul Carson, MD, FACP
Professor of Practice, Management of Infectious Diseases
Dept. of Public Health
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
At the beginning of the pandemic, we did not have very good data on the use of masking at a population level as source control. Over the last year, we have now accumulated a growing number of higher quality studies that have demonstrated their benefit.
In the interest of brevity, I would refer you to this summary of independent studies compiled by the CDC on the evidence for community masking (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html).
Another analysis by Goldman Sachs Research shows convincing data that masks work.
Association of Country-wide COVID mortality with measures such as masking
Case-Contro study of PP measures and risks for COVID in Thailand
Physical distancing, face masks and eye protection to prevent transmission
Mask mandates reduce hospitalizations
Mask wearing - cross sectional USA study
Reduction of secondary transmission from masking in households
Science of Masking Abbreviated
NDMA Direct Resources
Dr. Paul Carson shares his expertise on the COVID-19 virus and vaccine. If you have any questions regarding vaccine efficacy and safety, reviewing this presentation is a great investment. VIEW HERE, OR CLICK ON THE IMAGE.
Elective Surgery Consent Form Template Now Available
Restarting elective surgeries and procedures after suspension during the COVID-19 pandemic requires a great deal of planning and consideration of many factors.
For physician practices seeking a consent form template, NDMA has one available that was vetted by COPIC, NDMA's liability partner. Note that this is a template and should be adjusted to fit your specific needs.
See template here.
ORDER MY PPE
The North Dakota Medical Association has partnered with a new ecommerce store to deliver PPE directly to your location!
This service connects NDMA members with a vetted bulk PPE supplier. These products are available ONLY to qualified medical personnel for use in their practice.
This service is a collaborative effort with other state medical societies and in North Dakota the service is offered exclusively to NDMA members.
- ND Dept. of Health Coronavirus Resources
- COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Guidance
- Guidance for Health Care Workers Who Recently Traveled or have Travel Plan
- Travel Quarantine Orders for the Public
CDC Clinician Resources
Resources for Patients