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Most states are lifting stay at home orders. Now more than ever, it is important to continue practicing the CDC infection control guidelines and the World Health Organization standards to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are not out of the woods yet. Researchers speculate that there will be a second wave of COVID-19 that will lead to more deaths. We want to ensure that Providers are mindful of this and keep practicing safe procedures. Some suggestions are to:

  • Prioritize infection control
  • Educate and Train Healthcare Personnel
  • Continue screening clients as they are accepted into your facility
  • Limit visitors
  • Adhere to standard precautions

Prioritize infection control in your internal P&P manual.  This is the time to ensure that your policy and procedure manual is based on evidence-based guidelines, regulations, or standards. Make sure that the procedures being followed are current and tailored to meet your population needs.

Educate and Train Healthcare Personnel. Provide ongoing, documented training and competencies on infection procedures to your entire staff. Frequent training to address infection control measures should be conducted during orientation, annually and anytime policies and procedures are changed. Treatment centers should also identify a quality assurance personnel that monitors, collects and analyzes data to report to the Department of Health. Staff training should also cover procedures for disinfecting medical equipment. Housekeeping should also be educated on disinfecting guidelines to limit the spread of diseases. In addition, improve hand hygiene in your center by posting reminders of how to properly hand wash and routinely conducting handwashing audits. Proper hand hygiene is proven to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections. Also, handwashing compliance and monitoring is one of the National Patient Safety Goals.

Continue screening clients as they are accepted into your facility. It is important to continue screening new and existing clients, staff, and guests for any Covid-19 symptoms. Require staff with any flu like symptoms or fever to stay home or seek medical attention. Continue to wipe down surfaces and disinfect as many areas as possible. Require staff to wear masks, especially when coming in contact with clients. It is highly recommended to keep a daily temperature log for staff and clients.

Limit Visitors.  We encourage administrators to keep visitation to essential purposes only. If possible, please conduct family sessions via video conferencing.

We hope these tips prove useful to you. Your feedback means a lot to us, Feel free to give us a call anytime.

Useful Links

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/pdf/outpatient/guide.pdf

https://www.jointcommission.org/-/media/tjc/documents/standards/national-patient-safety-goals/2020/npsg_chapter_bhc_jul2020.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/hai/settings/outpatient/outpatient-care-guidelines.html

https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Hand_Hygiene_Why_How_and_When_Brochure.pdf?ua=1