In order to strengthen the control of the COVID-19 epidemic, the World Health Organization suggested that hospital organizations, clinics, specialists, etc. urgently implement epidemic prevention measures.
In the face of the current complicated situation of covid 19, it is very important to ensure the safety of people. For doctors, especially dermatologists, epidemic prevention is even more important and requires effective and safe epidemic prevention measures. Here are some preventive and protective measures for dermatologists at clinics and hospitals.
Responding to the epidemic situation
Urgently review, supplement and complete the plan of the dermatology hospital and medical examination facility to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic levels, including the plan to expand the treatment facility and mobilize resources to promptly respond to human resources, personal protective equipment, equipment, consumables, essential drugs to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic situation. Dermatologists always need to have the essentials ready for the worst.
Strictly implement anti-epidemic criteria
As a doctor, dermatologists need to strictly follow disease prevention criteria. It is necessary to wear a mask during work, avoid direct contact with the patient if it is not necessary. In particular, always wash your hands with standard hand sanitizer. Remind patients to strictly adhere to wearing masks and wash their hands with sanitizer before entering the clinic. At medical examination and treatment facilities, there should be more tables stating basic anti-epidemic measures and principles of anti-epidemic before entering the clinic.
There are many types of hand sanitizer available in the market today. Everyone can completely buy standard hand sanitizers to use to protect themselves, the use of discount codes and coupons for hand sanitizers when purchasing will help patients save costs.
Doctors also need to guide patients to choose the right type of hand sanitizer and meet the standards to ensure the patient’s health.
Screening, threading, isolation, infection control
Strictly organize screening, threading, and isolation of patients right from the moment they arrive at the dermatology hospital gate, the reception door of the medical examination facility. Dermatologists need to stream patients properly, avoiding the overcrowded number of patients that increase the possibility of covid infection.
After sorting and isolating special cases, suspected infections, doctors must urgently conduct disinfection immediately. For dermatologists, it is necessary to perform full-body disinfection in the disinfection room every time you enter the hospital or examination facility to ensure the safety of the doctor himself and the hospital.
Implement social distancing in medical examination and treatment facilities
Dermatologists must limit the maximum number of family members and relatives visiting medical examination and treatment establishments. Limit inpatient hospitalization when not necessary. Continuously review the layout of faculties and rooms; reasonable medical examination and treatment procedures… do not let patients have to lie in bed. Arrange a distance of at least 2m between hospital beds. Natural ventilation must be ensured in inpatient rooms, departments, rooms, and medical examination and treatment establishments.
Doctors must recommend that patients go to primary care for medical examination and treatment. Implement online registration, make an appointment before coming for medical examination and treatment. Implement online registration, make an appointment before coming for medical examination and treatment and advise people not to come too early before the appointment. This measure will minimize the concentration of patients, thereby minimizing the risk of disease transmission.
Testing for COVID-19
At dermatology hospitals, dermatologists or medical staff must be periodically tested for COVID-19, especially doctors and medical staff who have a lot of contact with patients, at high risk and staff working in screening, threading, and isolation areas; for patients in some high-risk wards and wards or patients who are severely affected by COVID-19 infection.
Dermatologists should regularly inform patients about anti-epidemic measures, and encourage patients to self-diagnose for covid 19 to ensure safety during a medical examination.
Moreover, at medical examination facilities, it is necessary to equip with quick test equipment for covid 19, which is necessary to ensure the safety of patients as well as medical doctors.
Referral and management of discharged patients
Medical examination and treatment facilities limit referrals, only transferring patients to a terminal hospital when there are serious developments that exceed the technical capacity of the hospital. Dermatologists need to notify and agree with the hospital of the last resort to refer patients before referral.
The patient’s health status must be continuously monitored and reported before and after the referral. Mastering the patient’s travel history will be of great help in epidemic prevention.
Today, the Covid-19 pandemic is still complicated around the world. Not only do people need to take preventive measures against the epidemic, but doctors, especially dermatologists need to pay attention to their prevention. Taking the above measures is an inevitable part of the anti-epidemic work that doctors need to take.
We hope that everyone, doctors, and nurses do their best to prevent the spread of the virus, stay healthy, and quickly defeat the pandemic.