Limiting the transmission of infectious disease has its challenges, but this does not mean it is impossible. As most encounters with patients happen in your medical facility, it is your responsibility to implement infection transmission procedures. These preventive measures should not only apply to yourself, but also to your medical staff.
Here are some pointers endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Everyone in your office must wash their hands properly before and after contact with a patient. You must also tell your patients to do the same.
- Strict implementation of guidelines is necessary when directly dealing with patients.
- Use alcohol when preparing patients for vaccination or puncturing. One to two percent tincture of povidone-iodine is recommended when preparing the skin for sutures and incisions, or for collecting blood cultures.
- Handle needles and other sharp tools with extreme care. Disposal containers must be resistant to punctures; place these near areas where you usually perform injection or puncturing. Implement policies for proper sterilization or removal of the disposal unit’s contents at the end of day. Plans for managing needle injuries must be in place.
- Minimize contact among contagious patients and uninfected patients. Allot an enclosed, well-ventilated room for contagious patients, so they will not infect others. Prioritize triage for immunocompromised patients.
- You must have standard policies for sterilization, antisepsis, and disinfection. Note that regular use of Optim 33 TB products and other anti-microbial cleaners is important to limit the development and spread of drug-resistant, infectious bacteria.
- Provide your staff educational programs regarding infection control, so everyone can stay up-to-date in the current infection prevention protocols.
- Your office should have regular communication with state and local health authorities concerning suspected outbreaks and new infectious diseases.
You are responsible for maintaining the welfare of everyone that goes in and out of your medical facility. Make sure you follow these guidelines to maintain a safe practice.