As practices are turning the corner and looking to the future, there may be many questions that need answers prior to ramping up the business. TMC presented a Back to Work webinar that provides a review of the most recent guidance on the protection of workers and patients as healthcare strives to return to some sort of normalcy. In this webinar, Karen Gregory goes over:
- Resources to ensure your practice remains up to date on this still changing situation.
- Defines the hierarchy of controls.
- Discusses three measures to reduce the likelihood of the spread of infection as patient care increases.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses which present as the common cold but may also cause severe pneumonia. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). The virus is reportedly transmitted by a combination of droplet and airborne particles. These particles can travel up to 6 feet and may be carried through the air in droplets so small that they stay in air currents.
A worker’s risk of exposure varies based on the performance of certain duties, according to OSHA and CDC guidance, workers in this practice/facility fall into very high exposure risk, high exposure risk, and medium exposure risk. TMC created a Pandemic Patient Management Plan that will go over these risks along with many other pandemic plan guidelines such as:
- what do we do for our lobby area
- respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
- engineering controls
- patient care
- respirator use
- cleaning and disinfecting
This Pandemic Plan also includes a Patient Triage Questionnaire to help guide you through screening patients. Donning and doffing is a really important step in employee protection. We have included steps to properly don and doff your PPE and used respirators.
We have a Pandemic Patient Management Plan for dental practices and a separate one for medical practices.