Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sunrise Recovery Ranch to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sunrise Recovery Ranch.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Painkiller Prescriptions Lead to Addiction

What begins as a short-term solution for post-operative pain often turns into a serious addiction to opiate painkillers. A new study has found that patients who are given prescriptions for opioid drugs like codeine and oxycodone for pain following minor surgery are 44 times more likely to be classified later as long-term opioid users.

The study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, involved almost 400,000 people age 66 and older who had minor surgery that required a short hospital stay. Typical surgeries included cataracts, varicose vein stripping, prostrate tissue removal and laparoscopic gall bladder removal. Pain medication for this type of surgery is usually only needed for 10 to 14 days. Within one year after surgery, 10 percent of the patients studied were found to have become long-term opioid users.
Following surgery, patients are frequently given a painkiller prescription not because they complain about pain, but in anticipation of future pain after they leave the hospital or surgery center. The casual distribution of addictive medications like codeine and oxycodone (which is marketed under the name OxyContin) in post-surgical situations is apparently an invitation for abuse.  In addition to posing a risk to the patient, unused prescriptions often end up in medicine cabinets where they can be accessed by other family members and guests, creating additional risks of abuse.

Although opioid drugs are associated with pain relief, they have unpleasant side effects that include constipation, sedation, breathing problems and addiction. According to authors of the study, doctors should first try non-opioid pain medications when writing prescriptions for patients after minor surgery. Dr. Chaim Bell, one of the study’s authors, points out that it’s much easier to avoid giving a patient an opioid prescription than to try and wean them off the drug after they have become dependent.
According to Dr. David Maine, director of The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center, the decision to start treatment with an opioid drug is a serious one that must be carefully considered by healthcare providers. The type of painkiller prescribed and the specific dosage should be tailored to each patient’s specific needs and background.

When opioids are prescribed, the physician should recheck the patient after a short interval to determine the effect of the drug and the patient’s tolerance. If there is an issue with either, then a change should be made. If necessary, the change may be discontinuation of the opioid drug.
In addition to addiction, opioid painkillers carry a risk of death by overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of nationwide overdose deaths from opioids increased from 4,000 in 1999 to 13,800 in 2006. That number continues to rise as the problem of opioid abuse and addiction spreads into every sector of the population.