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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Sierra by the Sea 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 Sierra by the Sea.

  • This restriction has 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 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.

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Teens Using Hand Sanitizer to Get Drunk

In the latest quest by young adults to get high from common household products, six teens are reported to have been treated in Southern California emergency rooms over the past few months after drinking hand sanitizer.

The Los Angeles Times reports that some public health officials are concerned that this could be the leading edge of a dangerous trend. To teenagers who can’t buy alcohol, hand sanitizer may seem like an inexpensive and accessible alternative.

Liquid hand sanitizer contains 60% ethyl alcohol. Some of the teens extracted alcohol from hand sanitizer with salt, a technique they found on the Internet. The resulting substance resembles 100 proof grain alcohol and is far more potent than whiskey or vodka, which is typically about 90 proof. Dozens of videos about drinking hand sanitizer are available on YouTube; many show teens as they drink it and become drunk. There are also videos showing young people rubbing hand sanitizer on their skin and then lighting it on fire.

Dr. Cyrus Ragan, director of toxicology for the L.A. County public health department compares hand sanitizer to a shot of whiskey or other hard liquor. “All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager,” Dr. Raga told the Times. “There is no question that it’s dangerous and the potential for overdose is there.”

Emergency rooms in New York City have also seen cases of teenagers who ingested hand sanitizers. In both Los Angeles and New York, teenagers’ symptoms included:

  • slurred speech
  • a burning sensation in the stomach
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting

Although there was no smell of alcohol on their breath and they denied drinking alcohol, their blood alcohol level was elevated.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the deaths of two homeless men earlier this year were linked to a lethal cocktail of mouthwash and hand sanitizer. The New Mexico Poison Center has received 14 reports this year of people who ingested hand sanitizer. Nationwide, more than 3,700 cases of hand sanitizer poisoning are reported each year. About 2,900 of these cases are accidents involving children under the age of five.

Dr. Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City believes that warning labels should be placed on hand sanitizers to alert the public to the potential risk. As more teens learn about the intoxicating effects of hand sanitizer, parents may want to consider purchasing foam-type hand sanitizers since alcohol is harder to extract from foam than from gel sanitizers.

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