Update regarding Lactulose Breath Testing for SIBO
March 30, 2020
To all physicians who refer patients for lactulose breath testing by Dr. Carr and their patients,
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival in southern California, patients who were scheduled for lactulose breath testing for SIBO in office exam rooms in late March and April, 2020, will instead be served by a combination of telehealth visit and completion of a home testing kit. Beginning the week of March 30, 2020, we will be contacting patients to inform them of this change in procedure. Each patient will have a telehealth visit scheduled with Dr. Carr, after which the testing kit will either be picked up at the office or sent to the patient by mail. The completed set of breath sample tubes must be analyzed within 14 days. Patients will either drop off their completed kits or mail them back to the office. The testing kits will contain very complete instructions, and a video demonstrating proper technique for collecting the breath samples will be posted on the website martincarrmd.com. Results of the testing will be forwarded to the requesting physician as soon as they are available.
We anticipate that this procedure will continue for an extended period. The physician offices should continue their same procedure of obtaining authorization and forwarding the requests for testing as you have all been doing.
Thank you for your understanding as we make these changes to allow us to continue to offer lactulose breath testing for SIBO. We wish all of you and your families good health during this challenging time.