The recent coronavirus pandemic has demanded that the way we work, live, interact and study adapt to certain safety protocols in order to combat the spread of this infectious disease. As much as Telemedicine is a way around little to no human contact, the medical industry won’t be able to keep at it indefinitely.
Patients with toothache, backache or other ailments will need to be physically monitored or examined for proper diagnosis and treatments. If you run a medical establishment of any kind, you will need to adhere to safety and hygiene protocols to protect yourself, your employees and patients alike.
Social Distancing Measures
From the parking bays, to reception, to your treatment cubicle, appropriate social distancing measures will need to be implemented. Aim to keep patients, employees and yourself six feet away from each other when possible.
Social distancing is possible if you mark out the spacing requirements on your floor, seating area and waiting areas. Use social distancing stickers or tape for your floors to encourage social distancing and cordon off every second chair with tape or a notice to keep people from sitting right next to each other.
Covid-19 is typically spread through droplets exhaled by infected people or by the process of touching items that are touched by others. The best way to combat the spread of viruses, bacteria and other infectious agents is to keep your hands clean and sanitized.
Wash your hands with water and soap before and after dealing with patients for at least 20 seconds. If it is not practical to wash your hands, ensure you have a hand sanitizer dispenser you can use. Hand sanitizing solutions should be placed strategically around your establishment to encourage hand hygiene.
Masks and Barriers
Ensure everyone wears a cloth mask in your establishment to prevent droplets spreading when someone sneezes or coughs. Additional protection can be established through the use of clear screens or barriers at reception or pay points. Even though these screens provide an extra level of protection, it is important to wear masks that cover your mouth and nose at all times. The screens should be cleaned and sterilized at least four times a day to prevent the spread of Covid.
Gentle reminders can further solidify your hygiene and safety protocols when placed in strategic places. Posters or notices that remind people to sanitize their hands, wear their masks and stay 6 feet apart are a great way to enforce safety measures within an establishment. Notices and posters can be professionally designed to catch attention and explain procedures simply.
Doing an online screening for patients before they enter your establishment can also be instituted with questions about their symptoms, travel history, temperature etc. recorded. Your receptionist or administrative assistant can go through this documentation beforehand to ensure the safety of everyone is taken care of by reverting a person who is flagged on the system.
The sooner you become accustomed to the new way of operating during pandemics, the better, as this will ensure a smoother transition from how things used to work to the new normal it is now. With these basic safety protocols, you will be able to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and carry out your work responsibly and confidently.