With more and more people getting their vaccines, as a healthcare practitioner, you may be feeling a bit more confident to reopen your clinic for people. As you may know, the past year has changed a lot of dynamics. And that means that the way you may have seen the safety precautions in your clinic till now may have to change in light of the latest guidelines.
Though it is very usual to feel a little skeptical, however, there are a few things that can be done to ensure the safety of your patients and staff. Read on to know more.
Circulating Clean Air
Most of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 takes place indoors by inhaling the airborne particles which may have the coronavirus. Although the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is by keeping the infected people away too, yet it is not possible when you are a healthcare practitioner.
The best bet is to keep a constant flow of fresh air from outside. However, it is not something that is always feasible. In case, if it does not seem possible, you can still maintain safety in your clinic by regularly testing the air quality. According to the experts at Kahnmechanical.com, cleaning and disinfecting the HVAC system with non-corrosive and low toxicity EPA registered solutions can also be very helpful. On top of that, adding a proactive filter change like Merv 13 filter can help catch smaller particulates, unwanted bacteria, and potential virus carriers, thus making the space safer.
Maintaining Social Distancing
If there has been one thing that people have picked on with time, it is learning the need to be socially distant from each other. Even after all the mandatory temperature checks, recent studies reveal that infected but asymptomatic people also play a role in the spread of the COVID-19.
And as the spread sometimes begins to take place even before the person’s knowledge, it is imperative that people in your clinic are always away from each other for a minimum of 6 feet. And this becomes even more important especially if you have patients who belong to a higher risk group and have underlying health problems or are aged.
To reduce the contamination of the COVID-19 virus even further, it is important to be consistent with disinfecting surfaces. High-touch services like doors and window handles, countertops, bathrooms, and work surfaces, etc. should be identified for priority disinfection on a regular basis. They should be cleaned with solutions that have 70%-90% alcohol.
Along with the above mentioned, it is also vital that all the visitors are provided with PPE kits and the masks are always worn covering the nose and the mouth. Also, keeping various bottles of sanitizers strewn across the clinic premises will help the patients and the visitors keep their hands clean. Though this may seem like a time of anxiety and uncertainty for you, yet by following the given precautions you can still create a safe environment for your patients and employees. We wish you good luck.