How Medical Practices Protect Staff and Patients During Covid 19 Pandemic

Dreadful word repercussions were suffered by everyone. A pandemic will be sorely remembered by each and every one. There is not even a single person who hasn’t felt its repercussions. Some people lost their loved ones and some lost their jobs, some got infected with it and markets were affected globally.

There were job layoffs in each and every industry and still 40-50% of jobs haven’t revived.

Though most countries have come out with the vaccine yet the threat and damage it has on livelihoods is here to stay.

Despite the fact that people are getting vaccinated doesn’t prevent the virus from damaging us altogether. So even if some percentage of individuals have been vaccinated yet they’ve to continue wearing masks, maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres and practice regular washing of hands and sanitising their living space. 

Though there has been some antibiotics created to fight the virus yet they aren’t 100% effective. It’s effectiveness varies from person to person and so does it receptiveness. 

Though the cure is still not 100% effective but if the front line workers are more vigilant and careful, they can protect the staff and patients during this pandemic.

Sometimes due to the sheer negligence of the frontline workers eg.: doctors, nurses, ward boys etc. the patients and their families become a victim of Covid 19 and the repercussions are faced by all the near and dear ones.

Most often, it is found that due to the mere negligence of the hospital staff some patients have lost their lives because their bodies are not too strong to fight through the virus and it eventually led to a life lost. 

Thoroughly and in regular intervals cleaning your hands with an hand sanitizer or hand wash can help immensely. Adapting this practice can eliminate the viruses present in your skin if any.  One must always avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. Our hands are prone to touch many surfaces and can pick viruses easily. Once they are contaminated, hands can further transmit the virus to eyes, nose or mouth. From there, it can enter the body and infect you.
One must always cover their mouth and nose with a handkerchief or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then immediately dispose off the used tissue into a closed bin and rigorously wash your hands with soap or hand wash. By following a good and appropriate hygiene practice, you protect the people around you from different viruses, which cause colds, flu and even corona virus.

One must clean and disinfect surfaces in regular intervals especially those which are often touched, such as door handles, latches, surfaces and even phone screens for that matter.

The widespread of the disease could be a result of increased number of admissions in the hospitals and already increased capacity of patients would be further increase the severity if a fairly large amount of healthcare workers become infected. In this scenario, of a radical change of healthcare services, the impact could be immense; both in terms of public health/overall healthcare system and can thereby become a cause of economic and societal disruptions.

Based on the data retrieved from various countries following is advised:

  • Asymptomatic patients should be discouraged from any personal visits to any hospital facility without prior appointment or intimation.
  • Visitors should be completely banned
  • The workload of administrative staff should be lessed to free up resources.
  • Better treatment facilities should be designated to both mild and severe corona virus patients with utmost care inclusive of cancellation of non urgent practices or procedure.
  • Business continuity plans should be devised for all sorts of healthcare facilities.

Conclusion

There should be regular counselling sessions for front line workers to help them reduce their anxiety or stress levels. A good communication is a best way to relieve stress.

Some discussion should be done in context to changing from personal clothing to hospital-supplied clothes on arrival to work and then changing back to their personal clothes while  returning to home.

Hospital personnel, including support staff, administration, and other preparing teams, all will be stressed by the challenges faced during a prolonged response to COVID-19.

Ensuring that workers get necessary rest and are able to tend to important personal needs (such as care of an older family member or child), and are given support both as a health care professional and as an individuals will help maintain individual performance, as well as team performance in the long run.

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