While telehealth is useful to a degree, when someone needs a test or treatment, this will likely need to happen face-to-face - Matt Mason
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Do's and don'ts...
Do be more mindful of your behaviors when caring for patients with contact precautions. Slowing down a little bit and making sure to follow PPE protocols properly is preferable to rushing through the process, “which I think happens a lot, unfortunately,” said Dr. Krein. One way to get clinicians to be more aware of their behaviors may be videotaping them, she suggested. “It's being used in some other areas, especially in infection prevention. I think if people see themselves, for example, touching their face, maybe they'd be a little more aware the next time around,” Dr. Krein said.
Do make sure to tie the gown behind you…
Training is needed to break the common habits that can increase infection risk.
The protection of healthcare personnel from infectious disease exposures in the workplace requires a combination of controls, one of which is the use of PPE.
PPE are designed to create a non-disease specific barrier to penetration of substances, solid, liquid, or airborne particles. In general, neither FDA nor the manufacturer can provide assurances that PPE will protect you against a specific disease.
Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.
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