The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many non-essential healthcare businesses to shut down or modify their operations for the last few months. As restrictions are being lifted and many businesses are beginning to re-open, it is important for healthcare businesses to understand the necessary steps to take before opening their doors to the public again.
To ensure the safety of employees and patients, healthcare businesses can take these steps:
- Phase re-opening (half capacity, schedule less appointments per day)
- Limit the number of people allowed inside
- Assess which services can be done with telehealth and set up telehealth
- Set up waiting room with seats further apart
- Check temperature of each patient and ask for symptoms at the door
- Clean surfaces multiple times each day
- Take temperature of patients at the door
- Wear masks at all times
- Be aware that surfaces need to be cleaned more often
- Can any employees work from home?
- Are we able to supply ourselves with PPE?
- How can we ensure social distancing throughout a patient visit?
Disclaimer: These are basic suggestions based on common re-opening safety practices. Make sure to check your local guidelines and stay up to date.