Apr 8, 2020
MSU Sports Medicine wants to alleviate pressure on healthcare system

As many hospitals and urgent care centers are flooded with patients dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan State University wants to open its doors to alleviate pressure from local healthcare systems.

MSU Sports Medicine has visions of being a possible solution for patients dealing with non-coronavirus related ailments before they head to emergency rooms or urgent care centers, according to a report from FOX 47 Lansing.

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Currently, MSU Sports Medicine is open five days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM with providers from both primary care and orthopedic sports medicine in office.

“MSU Sports Medicine can be considered an orthopedic urgent care for musculoskeletal injuries that is available as an alternative to the emergency department when appropriate,” Douglas Dietzel, DO, Clinic Director at Michigan State, told FOX 47. “Any open/bleeding fractures, dislocations or neck trauma are still emergent and should go to the emergency department.”

According to the report, the clinic is stocked with casting and splinting supplies and has the ability to perform on-site x-rays. With the coronavirus on the minds of everyone, the staff has taken the proper steps to reduce the spread of the virus.

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“Patient safety is a top priority for us,” Amy Lim, clinic nurse manager of MSU Sports Medicine told FOX 47. “From adjusting our waiting room seats to allow patients to comply with social distancing guidelines to frequent cleaning of rooms and supplying our patients with a mask, we are proactively reviewing and adopting safety precautions.”

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