5 Steps To Safe Uʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ And Sᴄᴀɴɴɪɴɢ You Need To Mind At Global ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ
One of the sectors that cannot function without contact is the health sector. Several people are worried about visiting ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟs and partaking in sᴄᴀɴs because of the global ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ. While every other aspect can be ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅᴇᴅ or taken care of digitally, the health sector requires direct contact. The primary concern of many ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛs is the cleanliness of the equipment and the safety of Sᴄᴀɴɴɪɴɢ procedures. So, if you’re in the health sector, we are here to tell you the steps to follow to ensure safe Uʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ and sᴄᴀɴs so your ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛs remain safe:
1. Practice Social ᴅɪsᴛᴀɴᴄɪɴɢ
You might not have an escape from visiting ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟs because your health requires you to. But even in such situations, always ensure to maintain social ᴅɪsᴛᴀɴᴄɪɴɢ. Keep a distance of at least 5-6 steps between one ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ and schedule appointments every 20-30 minutes. This way you have time to sanitize and clean the room before the next ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ enters. That ʀᴇᴅᴜᴄᴇs ᴛʜᴇ ᴄʜᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴏF ᴀɴʏ ɪɴFᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ʙᴇɪɴɢ ᴛʀᴀɴsᴍɪᴛᴛᴇᴅ.
2. Sanitize Equipment
Cleaning and sanitizing are not limited to changing the sheets on the beds or cleaning the couches. The equipment used for Sᴄᴀɴɴɪɴɢ ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛs must be sanitized thoroughly after every ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ. They have to be wiped down with ᴅɪsɪɴFᴇᴄᴛᴀɴᴛs ᴛᴏ ʀᴇᴅᴜᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪsᴋ ᴏF ᴛʜᴇ sᴘʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴏF ᴛʜᴇ ɪɴFᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ staff has to wear clean and sterilized gloves and follow proper hand hygiene protocol before attending to any ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ and after every ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ.
3. Ready The Rooms
Since the ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ ʀᴏᴏᴍs ᴀʀᴇ ᴇxᴘᴏsᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴀɴʏ sɪᴄᴋ ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛs, it is vital that it is thoroughly cleaned and kept ready before the next ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ enters it. Health experts recommend maintaining a time gap of 20-30 minutes between each ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ because there is time to clean out the rooms. It is best to use fabric that can be easily wiped down with a disinfectant. Keep the room clear of any unnecessary accessories that might allow the virus to stay on them. Instead, maintain a clean room with only the required equipment and accessories that can be cleaned after every ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ.
4. Single-Gel Packets
Experts suggest that ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟs use single gel packets for Sᴄᴀɴɴɪɴɢ to ensure safety. They recommend non-sterile gel packets only for external Uʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ exams and suggest to completely avoid refilling a bottle or heating it. In case the gel packets are not viable, the bottles can be used only for external exams. Experts also say that while examining a ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ, health professionals can use one hand to examine the ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ while using the other one just to carry out other tasks like typing, dispensing equipment, and updating health records.
5. Don’t Forget The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Wearing a mask has become the new norm and in a ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ, the rule is no different. Always ensure that each person entering and exiting the ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ is wearing their protective equipment. A medical professional must use a surgical mask while entering any room to examine a ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ or even interact with them. These ᴅɪsᴘᴏsᴀʙʟᴇ masks are meant to be used only once and cannot be reused. Therefore always ensure that they are changed when entering one ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ room to the other. At other times, every person including the ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ and doctor has to wear a ʀᴇsᴘɪʀᴀᴛᴏʀ ᴍᴀsᴋ sᴜᴄʜ ᴀs ᴛʜᴇ N95 to ensure absolute safety. Apart from this, gloves and other protective gear is a must dealing with any ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ.
With a global ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ that has taken over, we have to be extremely cautious and take extra precautionary measures to remain safe. Our hygiene levels have to be on point and there cannot be any compromise on incorporating hand hygiene, sanitizers, and masks into our daily routine. With all these precautions, social ᴅɪsᴛᴀɴᴄɪɴɢ and avoiding unsanitary areas are also a must. No one knows what the future has in store for us. So all we can do right now apart from hope for the best is to stay home and stay safe.