For those in the medical field staying home during the COVID 19 outbreak simply isn’t an option. However, this does not mean that you cannot help protect your patients and co-workers during this time. It is important to be strict about health safety guidelines already in place, and to implement new ones for the outbreak’s duration. Here are 5 things that you can do as a healthcare professional to help slow down further infection in your area.
1. Always wear a mask
This may seem like a no brainer, but you should always wear a mask when you are working with patients. This includes times when you wouldn’t normally need one. This prevents your respiratory droplets from coming into contact with others, and it also blocks you from inhaling foreign respiratory droplets. Remember that they may become somewhat ineffective when wet and can only be used once – yes, we know, things are changing now!.
2. Wash your hands regularly
Another that may seem obvious, but is extremely important to remember. You should wash your hands before and after being in contact with a patient. It is also crucial that you continue to wash your hands regularly when not interacting with patients. Hand washing is your friend.
3. Change your gloves
If you are wearing gloves, remember to change them right after working with the patient or a surface. Viruses can be easily transferred this way.
4. Make sure to clean surfaces
Every room should be cleaned when it becomes vacant. This includes sanitizing beds, tables, sinks, and any other surfaces that are often touched. In addition to this, all healthcare facilities need to ensure that surfaces and commonly touched items in waiting rooms, bathrooms, and hallways are thoroughly disinfected.
5. Stand six feet apart
We have all heard this a thousand times, but that doesn’t mean that we should take it lightly. Everyone should stand six feet apart unless it is necessary. This includes talking with patient’s families and co-workers. Patients waiting in waiting rooms or hallways should also be reminded. A tip would be to leave markers on the ground and put up signs.