Most businesses have some form of health and safety precautions in place, but with the arrival of COVID-19, a lot of those measures are up for evaluation. For businesses in the medical field, a revamp is essential to keep both patients and healthcare providers healthy.
Dentists, in particular, have strong safety protocols that help to reduce the level of disease transmission as a standard practice. With the COVID-19 disease spreading mainly through the mouth, it is a good idea to see if there are additional ways to help keep doctors and patients safe during the pandemic. Weston Dental Office has put together a list of suggestions that your dentist can employ to help reduce exposure to COVID-19 during dental visits.
Everyone on your staff should practice safety protocols. However, during a pandemic, these protocols should be advanced. While improved safety may mean a slightly longer wait time, maintaining patient quality of care and health is paramount. Dental offices can choose one or two staff from their team and make them safety leaders in the office. They will be able to help enforce the safety rules and guidelines in the office to help keep everyone safe. Along with staying on top of the staff, they can help monitor social distancing and speak with your patients about the new safety protocols.
Daily Staff Health Checks
As a patient, you have the right to visit a dentist without getting infected. As a healthcare provider, you have a duty to ensure that your staff is not placing your patients at risk. Everyone who reports for work should have a health check as soon as they arrive, but before they start their day. This will help reduce the chance of infecting patients or coworkers in a medical setting. Checks can be as simple as a temperature check and going over a checklist of symptoms each day. Protection can be a step further by asking patients to complete the same check as they arrive for their appointment.
Dental professionals typically wear gloves and a surgical mask during an appointment. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, it is a good idea to upgrade their PPE’s. Utilizing disposable coats, hats, and using FDA-approved PET face shields is a good start. All members of the staff who see patients should make use of this equipment while front desk employees should make sure to use disposable face masks and gloves daily.
COVID-19 is invisible to the naked eye, so the best way to protect the public is by taking extraordinary measures to reduce transmission. Hand washing, limited contact, and social distancing will go a long way in ensuring the safety of patients and healthcare providers alike.
Here at Weston Dental Office, we care about the health of our clients and our staff. We take extra precautions to ensure that our patients feel safe and protected during their visit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking steps to ensure safety for every visit, from a typical cleaning to a more complicated procedure such as a root canal. For more information or to book your appointment with our Toronto dentist, give us a call at (416) 247-1928 today.