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CORONAVIRUS

CLINICAL TRIAL PARTICIPANT RESOURCE CENTER

Reviewed 11.25.2020

Pennington Biomedical Research Center is conducting in-person clinic visits for a limited number of clinical trials.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff, we are following CDC recommended guidelines and internal protocols, including:

  • Screening participants over the phone prior to appointments and upon arrival to the Center.
  • Taking temperature upon arrival and prior to appointments. Participants must have a temperature below 100°F to continue the visit.
  • Limiting the number of scheduled visits per hour in order to decrease the volume of participants in the clinic at a time.
  • Escorting participants directly to examination rooms in an effort to decrease the use of waiting rooms.
  • Utilizing social distancing and personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves during participant contact.
  • Requiring all participants, guests and Pennington Biomedical staff to wear masks and practice social distancing during their visits.
  • Limiting visitors in the facility to one parent or guardian for children or one study-required trial partner. All other guests will be required to remain outside the facility to maintain limited occupancy in the building.
  • Sanitizing all examination rooms between every participant.
  • Sanitizing nursing stations, counters, and high touch areas on a regular schedule.

Everyone is encouraged to take the following precautions to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Wear a face mask (one will be provided if you don’t have one)
  • Practice social distancing
  • Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm

The health and safety of our participants and staff is our highest priority. We would appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate through these times and continue our research initiatives.

Additional Information

We have included general information and what we know to be the most helpful, authoritative resources on this page (https://www.pbrc.edu/coronavirus). Authoritative updates are also available on this Centers for Diseases Control website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and you can find up-to-date information about current COVID-19 research here (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?cond=COVID-19).

Besides common-sense safety measures such as thorough hand washing for 20 seconds, the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing, the CDC has recently recommended wearing a cloth mask when you are not in your home due to new information about COVID-19 spreading when people have no symptoms of illness.

To find out more about face masks and their role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, please go to our General Resources page.

We hope you and your family remain safe and well.
The Research Team at Pennington Biomedical