How to put on gloves is one thing, but using them is quite another. While technical dossiers and regulated instructions take care of guidelines for donning and doffing gloves in healthcare, you may have found yourself needing to educate your local community about the general aspects of safe glove use. With healthcare institutions closely connected to their local communities, educating the lay visitor and neighbor on infection prevention measures will help keep everyone — including your staff and patients — safer.
Being a lab office manager in charge of supplying a team of technicians and specialists with PPE can be as nerve-racking as working with the hazardous substances yourself! And when you’re finding the perfect set of gloves for hygiene and infection prevention in your specific environment, it pays to get it right the first time. Plus with ever-tightening budgets, ordering the wrong set of gloves is not only embarrassing, it wastes precious resources.
The negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic extend further than high infection rates and strained medical facilities. After stopping most scheduled procedures, many hospitals have seen a significant drop off in emergency care, preventive care, and post-discharge follow-up care (according to the Advisory Board). This means many people who require medical attention are not seeking it for fear of infection. Even in the midst of a global pandemic that’s placing unprecedented strain on our healthcare system, patients and healthcare workers need to be assured of a safe clinical environment.
Climate change and its effects can no longer be ignored and if we are to adapt, we need to do it quickly. But what does that mean for the medical sector? Are we to bring about a paradigm shift in the healthcare industry, or do we just separate our glass from paper with more care?
As the world combats COVID-19, consistent handwashing is an effective method of preventing transmission. According to official WHO recommendations, “hand hygiene is extremely important to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It also interrupts transmission of other viruses and bacteria causing common colds, flu and pneumonia, thus reducing the general burden of disease.”
As an office manager in healthcare, having a thorough understanding of the latest medical developments can help you provide efficient, informed service to staff and patients alike. And nowhere is this knowledge more important than during global viral outbreaks like the H1N1 (Swine flu) pandemic of 2009, the SARS outbreak of 2002–2003 and the current COVID-19 pandemic.