Standard Precautions To Be Taken In Medical Facility
If you are a healthcare professional that works at a medical clinic or you happen to own your own medical clinic, you must know that there are many infection prevention and control techniques that you need to have in place in order to prevent the spread of disease and illness. Irrespective of whether you are a doctor, a nurse or simply a casual worker at the facility you need to be aware of the fact that negligence to follow certain rules and regulations that have been set down for the medical industry can lead to the death of another human being and therefore it is of utmost importance that you follow every rule to the best of your ability.
There is a list of specific disease prevention and minimalizing equipment that is required in every medical clinic by law. One such piece of equipment is a sharps container which I use to dispose of used needles. In addition to this, it is of utmost importance that you have a sufficient quantity of reusable needles and the other reusable to make sure that no employee in your office will reuse any appliance that should be disposed of after one use.
However in addition to having this kind of equipment, it is important that you have the proper kind of maintenance rules and systems in place to make certain that these sharps containers are regularly cleaned disinfected and replaced so as to prevent any disease lingering on them.
Training and development for your staff
As much as it is important for you to have the right procedures in place, it is also important for you to have all of your staff trained regularly so that they are up to date on all safety precautions and rules.
Hand and body hygiene
It is vital for you to remember that your own body hygiene and hand hygiene plays a vital role in the health of your patients. It is important that you take steps to wash your hands with water, disinfecting soap and follow it up with alcoholic disinfectant to make sure that your hands a completely germ-free after you have seen each patient irrespective of whether you have physical contact with the patient or not. Failing to do so especially if you have had contact with any kind of body fluids such as blood will be putting your next patient at risk of becoming very ill and potentially losing their lives and therefore your own hygiene essentially is a life-and-death situation.