October 27, 2012 by astancilwomack
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention helps spread awareness for contagious disease prevention in the United States. Maintaining a clean and safe environment in a healthcare setting is important for obvious reasons, but as managers we must set high standards for cleanliness and train our employees to meet (or exceed) the expectations. I have listed some important strategies to prevent the spread of infectious diseases below:
- Teach proper hand washing techniques: Hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. Teaching your employees how to wash their hands appropriately can aid in the spread of illness.
- Vaccinations: As I mentioned in a previous post vaccinations are extremely important. You should encourage your employees to be vaccinated. Not only to protect themselves, but also your facility’s other patients.
- Injection Safety/Disposition of hazardous Material : The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have strict standards on how to properly give injections and dispose of the biohazard material. OSHA will come on site and teach your employees the proper techniques at no cost to your company. There is no reason this service should not be utilized.
- Maintaining a clean/sterile environment: Teaching your employees proper cleaning techniques is imperative to preventing the spread of infectious diseases.
- Implementing a Protocol for Person’s with Infectious Diseases: Your facility should have protocols in place for various degrees of infectious diseases. These can range from face masks to full body gowns, but it is important for your staff to be familiar with each policy.
There are many more standards that should be in place in order to deal with and prevent infectious diseases, but these are some of the major factors I thought of. It would be wise to have an employee (or team of employees depending on your facility size), whose job is solely dedicated on controlling infectious diseases and preventing the expansion of these diseases. Does your facility have faculty solely dedicated to infectious diseases?