*Practice update COVID-19 as of 4/28/2020
I hope that you and your family are staying healthy in these trying times. I have been closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 in our community and across the country. I am encouraged by the decline in new cases in our community and I am comfortable cautiously reopening our practice as of Friday, May 1st. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, I have implemented safety measures following the guidelines of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Prior to a scheduled appointment, a Sun Valley Skin Center staff member will contact the patient and ask if they, or someone they have been in close contact with, are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. A patient who is experiencing these symptoms will be asked to reschedule their appointment until the symptoms have resolved. Patients will be asked to wear a mask when they enter the practice. If a patient does not have a mask, we will request that they call the practice from the parking lot and a staff member will bring a mask to the patient. Once patients enter the building, a staff member will immediately escort them into an exam room that has had all surfaces sterilized. All Sun Valley Skin Center staff members will be wearing gloves and masks at all times. Visits that can be rendered via telemedicine will continue to be conducted over our telemedicine platform for at least the month of May in an effort to reduce the amount of people in the office.
I sincerely appreciate your participation in these efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I ask that patients not bring children, friends or loved ones to their appointment. I have been impressed with our community’s response to reduce the spread of COVID-19. I think that it is important that we all remain vigilant and continue to adhere to public health guidelines to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.
I thank you for the support of our practice and look forward to seeing you in the practice or virtually through telemedicine.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Lindie Borton, MD
According to the American Academy of Dermatology and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds, tanning booths and sun lamps are known carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). Exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning has been proven to increase the risk of all skin cancers, including melanomas, squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. In fact, the risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent when indoor tanning devices are used before the age of 30. The UV radiation during indoor tanning also leads to skin aging, hyper - and hypopigmentation, immune suppression and eye damage, such as cataracts.
Therefore, the use of tanning beds, tanning booths and sun lamps is not recommended by dermatologists.