Written By Brooke Chaplan / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
As we all know, germs can be very harmful to our health as well as the health of those around us. Germs can cause various kinds of infections and diseases. Since medical facilities are visited by all sorts of patients, medical professionals are often advised to take necessary precautions to ensure they prevent the spread of germs.
In this post, we will discuss effective methods medical teams such as doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and others should make use of to suppress the spread of germs.
Avoid Contact with Patients
As patients visit hospitals for treatment, it is likely that some of them will be carrying various types of infections. As the last line of defense, doctors will try as much as possible to avoid close contact with patients unless it's necessary.
In some cases, patients with highly contagious infections are secluded or quarantined to contain the spread of germs such as bacteria, viruses, or fungus. While in quarantine, medical professionals can only visit patients when wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) or remotely use a temperature scanning kiosk to measure body temperature.
Detecting patients with high temperatures has proven to be especially helpful for identifying early symptoms of COVID-19, so having a reliable way to take temperatures is essential.
Disinfect Common Areas
Germs can live over surfaces for an extended period. When an infected person touches surfaces such as hospital elevators, door handles, restrooms, ramps, or table surfaces, they are more likely to transfer germs onto them.
As such, if you touch the same surface, you may be more likely to get sick if your hands are not covered or washed. With that said, hospital staff should have regular sterilization and disinfection procedures to avoid the spread of germs.
Frequent Hand Washing
According to the reports given by the CDC, regular handwashing is one of the best methods that health practitioners use to prevent germs from spreading. Generally, your hands are mostly used to touch surfaces that could be infected.
Therefore, after using washrooms, treating patients, or coming into contact with a contaminated object, it's recommended that the medical professionals wash their hands using soap and running water.
Cover Your Mouth
It is common courtesy to cover your face when you sneeze or cough in public. Beyond practicing good manners, covering your coughs or sneezes can highly reduce the spread of germs such as influenza and COVID-19. When you cough or sneeze, you release microscopic droplets into the air, which carry along with infections.
Therefore, healthcare staff are encouraged to cover their coughs or sneeze to keep such germs away. If possible, wearing a mask is the best way to avoid transmitting germs from your mouth and nose.
Germs are always harmful to our health. While hospitals receive various kinds of patients, catching an infection can be easier if you don't take extra precautions. Therefore, as a medical professional, you should always ensure you practice the guidelines mentioned above to keep germs at bay.
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Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses.