Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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 Pacific Grove Hospital 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Pacific Grove Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Riverside, CA could see new Medication Disposal Kiosk

Medication Disposal Kiosks

As the abuse of opioids and other types of prescription medications continues to be a problem throughout the United States, various efforts are being put in place in order to help fight the epidemic. One such effort that has been making headlines is the introduction of safe medication disposal kiosks that Walgreens has implemented in 288 pharmacies throughout 21 states and Washington D.C. According to a press release distributed by Walgreens Newsroom, this marks the half-way point for the total number of kiosks that they plan to open. In February of 2016, the company announced that their goal is to install these medication disposal kiosks at a total of 500 locations throughout the United States.

Walgreens has long been a part of the nationwide fight against prescription drug abuse by participating in the country’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day that was instituted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). However, the company has taken another step by introducing these kiosks that are available to individuals year-round. They are typically open during regular pharmacy hours, which is 24 hours a day, seven days a week at most kiosk locations. It is also completely free to dispose of one’s medications at these locations.

Improper Medication Disposal

In the past, it was commonplace for people to dispose of unwanted or expired medications by flushing them down the toilet or washing them down the sink. However, studies have shown that doing so can elicit negative consequences for both animals and the environment. The chemicals in the medications can taint water sources, while simultaneously impacting aquatic life. The tainted water can also negatively affect animals who draw from those water sources.

Additionally, it is not uncommon for individuals to simply toss their unwanted or unused medications away in the garbage. This, however, can be detrimental because it makes them accessible to children and potential drug-seekers. When anyone ingests medications that they do not have a medical need for, they are not only putting their health at risk, but they are also placing themselves at a heightened risk for experiencing an overdose.

In order to prevent these negative circumstances from occurring, it is imperative that individuals take proper precautions when disposing of unused, unwanted, or expired medications – both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) varieties. By setting up these convenient disposal kiosks, Walgreens is helping people have an easy alternative to simply throwing away their medications.

Finding a Location

For residents of Riverside, California, one of Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks is located at 8044 Limonite Avenue. For a list of other select locations that offer safe medication disposal kiosks throughout the state of California, please consult the following website.

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