What Kind of Hospital Essentials You Need to Avoid the Virus
Today millions of citizens around the world are under quarantine due to coronavirus exposure. Thousands of them were hospitalized, thousands stayed in their houses, hoping that all this would end as soon as possible.
In these difficult times when humans around the world are fighting the virus, our healthcare professionals do everything to decrease the spread of the virus and the number of possible causes. Their work is the hardest, most responsible, appreciated and encouraging.
Respecting their hard work during these difficult times, we highlighted some useful and somehow inspiring information for the people who play such a significant role – our healthcare professionals.
To protect yourself and patients from the epidemic, let’s figure out what kind of hospital essentials you might need to avoid the virus.
Clean Your Environment
Cleaning the environment is an ongoing priority, whether the virus exists or not. The virus is able to survive in the environment for quite a while. Facilities and areas possibly infected with the virus must be cleaned before their re-use. To avoid all kinds of viruses, especially COVID-19, you should clean the hospital area with products containing antimicrobial agents that can be highly effective against similar viruses.
There are a couple of ways of cleaning your environment. First of all, do general cleaning with water and household detergents. After, use known disinfectant products that can be sufficient for routine cleaning. Some of the known disinfectants, for instance, sodium hypochlorite or ethanol, are quite affordable, so you can easily use them in healthcare and laboratory settings.
In a medical environment, general hygiene also plays an important role during virus prevention activities. We can say this is the most substantial part of hospital essentials.
All hygiene rules should be observed without exceptions. In these difficult days, health professionals are at risk the most That’s why we highlighted the most essential general hygiene rules, that you should follow:
1. When washing hands, use soap and warm water. Keep washing 20 to 30 seconds, so you remove any infection or virus.
2. Always use extra barriers wherever you go. It can be disposable gloves, leg and shoe covers, mask and gown.
3. When handling cleaning products, try to avoid its contact with the eyes and skin. Always keep them away from children.
4. Never mix different cleaning products and always keep rooms well-ventilated.
5. Change your personal protective equipment constantly, especially after working with patients or disinfecting your work area. Dispose of used personal protective equipment in tied-up plastic bags and labeled with a biohazard symbol.
6. When using chemicals. always check the labels and use them according to their instructions. In such a way, you will be aware of the possible danger of each product.
Remember that your health is paramount in such a hard situation.
Keep your distance
In the current situation, keeping your distance is a mandatory condition. Within hospital security essentials and virus prevention, this is an inevitable requirement both for patients and healthcare professionals. Infection with COVID-19 can occur in close-distance contact with someone who is already infected, so try to keep distance not less than 2 meters from everyone around you. Try to avoid big groups of people. Be around patients only when needed. Leave spaces between you and the person in front of you when standing inline. At meetings, leave a free seat in between you and the person next to you. And if possible, go to work on foot or by bicycle.
Infection prevention and control
Infection prevention and control is the number one responsibility of healthcare professionals. First of all, to make sure that both patients and personnel are aware of the rules, cover rooms of the hospitals with warning labels. Then try to keep Infection prevention rules which are:
1. Apply disinfectants only on surfaces in direct contact with the person who has symptoms, especially in areas that may have been occupied by the person.
2. Clean the hard, non-porous surfaces first with detergent and water, and then apply disinfectants according to the product instructions.
3. Thoroughly remove porous materials, wherever possible, such as carpets and rugs that have been in contact with the patients and wash in accordance with the product instructions.
4. Wash laundry items (bedding, towels, tea towels, cushion covers). Dry thoroughly outside or with a dryer. Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items. Wash hands immediately after removing gloves or after handling these items. In general, wash and dry laundry and clothing with the warmest temperatures recommended on the label.
5. You should read all the cleaning agent labels and follow the recommendations on them. Product labels contain instructions for the safe and effective use of cleaning products, including safety precautions to be taken when applying the product, such as wearing gloves or aprons. Ensure good ventilation via open windows or air conditions during and after use.
Case Management Communication
In these difficult times for humanity, caring for patients requires great responsibility. And it is no coincidence that such a powerful responsibility lies first and foremost on healthcare professionals.
First, they must be vigilant to take care of patients and be informed of the latest virus-related news. Also, each of healthcare professionals is responsible for monitoring patients, so that they don’t go out for walks in the hospital area. Also, ensure that no one enters the patient’s room without a doctor’s knowledge.
In these difficult days, patients are in a dire need of encouragement. The doctors and all personnel should communicate very carefully with them. Talk to the patients very gently and in a friendly manner, keep them happy and calm.
We know that there’s a huge burden of responsibility on your shoulders due to this unexpected epidemy. Therefore, we ask all providers of medical services to be as vigilant as possible, not to lose sober thinking, to take care of themselves first, following all the above-mentioned rules.
Protect yourself and others
Today the whole world is looking forward to the retreat of the virus. We are witnessing an era in history when doctors play the most important role in our lives. That’s why we prepared this little but, we hope, useful article for those important individuals.
We wanted to warn and remind you, that, first of all, you need to stay healthy to inspire others. So protect yourself at all costs to give hope to others.
Remember, that the world will always remember your feat. You are our heroes.