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.”
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.