Do you own a medical facility and want to keep it clean and safe while COVID-19 is still spreading? Then, this is a must-read. Millions of medical facilities across the United States have had to change how they interact with patients by redesigning their offices. Here are some medical facility design tips that will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
How to Address Cleaning and Seating Arrangements at Your Medical Facility
Your medical facility needs constant cleaning, but “deep cleaning” should be the focus. We recommend you deep cleaning waiting rooms, and frequently touched surfaces often. By frequently touched surfaces, we mean reception counters, check-in kiosks, waiting area chairs, door handles, railings, and elevator buttons. In regards to waiting room chairs, place them in a way that stays in line with the “six-feet” rule. Some medical facilities are also using HEPA filters, which help to purify the air.
How to Tackle Patient Flow Issues
If your medical facility has various locations, then what you can do is separate patients who need to test for COVID-19 versus those who have other non-chronic issues. You could designate a few centers as “COVID-19 testing only” centers, to keep patient flow down and mitigate the spread of the virus. If you don’t have multiple locations, what you can do is break up the hours. You could potentially have the morning hours used for COVID-19 testing, while during the afternoon, patients can come into the medical facility for other issues or vice versa. Regardless of what you decide to do, it’s best to keep in mind that too many patients in one waiting room, (especially if they have underlying health conditions) is never a good idea.
Telehealth is Rising Like Never Before
Telehealth has been around for decades, but now, for obvious reasons, it’s more popular than ever before. Medical professionals can now assess patients remotely and have been. Telehealth helps stop the risk of contagion for both office staff and providers. For patients that have mild symptoms, a lot can happen remotely. For patients that have more chronic symptoms, of course, hospitalization may be necessary.
As Maryland slowly starts to reopen, it is time to assess if your medical facility is in the best shape. If not, then give us a call. We have upgraded many hospitals and medical facilities. Mahogany, Inc. will work to fulfill your needs.
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