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.
While the COVID-19 pandemic may have contributed to a series of changes in healthcare best practices, PPE manufacturers and distributors are challenged to provide the correct equipment to support healthcare workers and the public to uphold these new protocols. As a distributor rep, you may be asked to guide someone’s purchasing decision to help ensure their institution obtains the correct kinds of gloves in sufficient quantities to meet the unique demands of these pandemic conditions.
Here’s a brief overview of infection prevention best practices during lockdown and self-isolation, and how Ventyv’s range of disposable gloves can help stem the tide of COVID-19 infections.
According to Infection Control Today, at least 25% of surfaces in a hospital room are contaminated with pathogens that can be transmitted to a patient. Remaining alert to the hidden dangers posed by surface contamination can help keep your staff and patients safe, and your facility truly hygienic. Here are key points to keep top of mind:
Are your healthcare staff and community members aware of the five basic infection prevention principles? While these can seem like second nature to an Infection Preventionist, assuming that your healthcare staff know how to implement proper infection control practices can be dangerous. There’s also a gap between knowing what you need to do, and complying with it during a busy shift. What’s more, members of your wider hospital community, including visitors and delivery or service personnel, may never have learned basic infection prevention that you take for granted.
If it hasn’t already, chances are that COVID-19 may spread to your community. As of April 21, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 802,583 cases of infection and 44,575 deaths in 50 states, and 5 jurisdictions. How could you possibly prepare IP policies to support healthcare staff who may soon be treating infected patients for an outbreak that WHO declared a pandemic on March 11? With the situation changing fast, staying abreast of the latest updates is imperative to formulating an appropriate response.