Coronavirus Checklist – 6 Strategies To Help You Safeguard Your Clinic Against Pathogens
Cleanliness has always been essential for any medical clinic to avoid the spread of germs. Now, more than ever, you need to take steps to safeguard your offices and waiting rooms from pathogens and avoid becoming the next COVID-19 hotspot. The last thing you want is to show up in the news as being responsible for the latest coronavirus outbreak. To help you safeguard your clinic, we have six strategies you can implement today.
Allow a Longer Lead Time for Medical Supplies
The outbreak of coronavirus has identified weaknesses in many medical clinics’ supply chains. It is worthwhile taking this opportunity to ensure that you have multiple suppliers set up for any essential items, so you can quickly order medical supplies online or via local businesses when you need them.
It is also a great time to adjust the lead times in your system. Ensure that you place orders slightly earlier than usual because the mail and courier networks are suffering from delivery delays.
Distribute Masks to Patients
Now that you have sorted out the supply chain side of things, it is worth considering an extra investment in PPE. You can request that patients wear a mask to the clinic, but make sure that you have an additional supply to offer those who forget. This way, as soon as a patient enters, you can ensure they have a mask over their mouth and nose to minimize any spread of germs. A healthy dose of hand sanitizer should also be available.
Temperature Checks on Arrival
Everyone is becoming accustomed to the new normal, which includes temperature checks on arrival. Checking people’s temperature discourages them from coming in when they are unwell and will help to protect any immunocompromised patients that you have. If anyone arrives with a temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, they have a fever and should be instructed to get a coronavirus test and self-isolate until they receive the results.
Offer Telehealth Consultations
While telehealth technology has been around for some time, and many clinics have had the capacity to offer it to clients, it is only since the outbreak of the pandemic that clinics are using it more widely. Many people are happy to avoid in-person visits to minimize contact with germs. Therefore, client acceptance of telehealth has risen sharply in the last six months. By offering this service, you will increase customer satisfaction and avoid becoming the next coronavirus hotspot.
Implement a Rigorous Cleaning Schedule
Previously, the clinic may have been cleaned once per day by a cleaning crew. Now, to safeguard your clinic and its visitors from pathogens, we recommend an hourly regime. Staff members should disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, door handles, and countertops thoroughly and regularly. And don’t forget the electronics – keyboards and touchpads also require regular cleaning and disinfecting. The CDC offers detailed guidance for implementing a cleaning regime.
Eliminate Cash Transactions
Many people have preferred to pay with their phone or tap with their card for some time now. Given the breadth of electronic options, coronavirus has encouraged many facilities to eliminate cash, at least for now. Though a cashless system would be ideal, you should ensure that you offer alternative options for older and less tech-savvy patients.
Many of these strategies, like regularly sanitizing high-touch surfaces and hands, are good hygiene practices at any time. In many regions, implementing these measures is causing the spread of other viruses like the flu to slow also. By following these guidelines, you are ensuring a safe and hygienic environment through the pandemic and beyond.