COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update

On April 27, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued additional Executive Orders to continue the process of re-opening the state of Texas. Therefore, McQuaid Vein Care and Southlake Vein Care have re-opened our offices. We are actively and continually monitoring the recommended health care protocols from the CDC, the Texas Medical Board, and the Texas Department of
State Health Services, and are adjusting our patient care accordingly.

Please be assured that taking care of our patients is extremely important to us. We will continue to make decisions with the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community in mind.

The following is the Texas Medical Board’s Notice and Compliance Requirements Concerning COVID-19 Minimum Standards of Safe Practice, Effective 5/1/2020:

(i) All physicians providing patient care or engaging in an in-person patient encounter, must implement the following minimum COVID-19 standards of safe practice.

(I) a mask must be worn by both the patient and physician or the physician’s delegate when in proximity of the patient (meaning less than a 6-foot distance between the patient and the physician or the physician’s delegate);

(II) follow policies the physician, medical and healthcare practice, or facility has in place regarding COVID-19 screening and testing and/or screening patients;

(III) that, before any encounter, patients must be screened for potential symptoms of COVID-19 or verified previously screened within last 20 days; and

(IV) that prior to care involving a medical procedure or surgery on the mucous membranes, including the respiratory tract, with a high risk of aerosol transmission, the minimum safety equipment used by a physician or physician’s delegate should include N95 masks, or an equivalent protection from aerosolized particles, and face shields.

We continue to encourage you to practice social distancing and to follow the CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself. ( )

Thank you and please do your best to stay healthy!

Mark A. McQuaid, MD
J. Andrew Skiendzielewski, DO
Randy Morton, MD
Maggie Haley, RN