Medical Teams International is providing emergency dental services using a mobile van
Medical Teams International, an Oregon-based nonprofit organization, held today the first of what will be weekly emergency dental pop-up clinics in Lynnwood, Washington.
Using a Mobile Dental Van, the organization is offering emergency drive-up services for those who are in need of emergency dental care.
Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s directive closing private dental clinics for non-emergency dental work and elective surgeries to reserve critical equipment for health care workers, patients have few options for receiving dental care.
Rather than being forced to go to an emergency room for a dental emergency, eligible patients can access treatment at the pop-up clinics. The goal for Medical Teams International is to provide treatment while also diverting people away from hospitals.
The pop-up clinics will take place every Thursday in April from 8am to 5pm at the Lynnwood Food Bank. On other days during the month, there will be clinics at the Alderwood Community Church and potentially more locations to be determined.
Implementing a screening process modeled after the COVID-19 testing sites—keeping patients in cars to screen for symptoms and temperature—patients are required to pass the screening process before they are deemed eligible for treatment. Patients are called in for treatment from their cars or an approved open air waiting area. These are place-based walk-in clinics, different from the organization’s usual parter hosted clinics.
By the early afternoon on Thursday, seven people had visited the clinic seeking treatment. Four received treatment while three were denied treatment after failing to pass the screening process.
Renee Taylor, Washington Program Manager expects more demand after more people hear about the pop-ups.
We’re on a bunch of different community boards; we’re being filtered in through emergency rooms; word of mouth; through the food banks; through our other partners; and we’re doing our best to keep our emergency departments free for Medical care.”