In addition to wearing PPE and face masks in the healthcare sector, other general measures staff can take include:-
• Reducing contact between staff, with team meetings and handovers being done remotely
• Ensuring effective hand hygiene before and after use of PPE
• Decontaminate hard surfaces and touchpoints
• Take minimal equipment for home care visits
• The erection of physical ‘splash barriers’ and screens in surgeries.
• Redesign how patients enter surgeries and manage social distancing
• Ensure staff and patients are aware of signs and notices are clearly visible
• Staff temperatures to be taken daily
Disposable Gloves, Aprons and PPE
Surfaces and belongings can be contaminated when people who are infectious cough or sneeze or touch them. Transmission of COVID-19 can occur when someone else then touches the contaminated surface or item.
Increased frequency of cleaning of general room surfaces reduces the presence of the virus and the risk of contact. Reducing clutter and removing difficult to clean items can make cleaning easier. Special attention should be paid to things that are touched frequently, such as door handles, light switches, work surfaces, remote controls, and electronic devices.
Healthcare settings such as GP and dental surgeries have strict hygiene rules to follow.