Covid-19 Cleaning & Safety

 

COVID-19 Safety & Cleaning Procedures

 

Office/Treatment Room Preparation:

  • Extra blanket and sheets to be removed.
  • Clean laundry is all stored in a closed cabinet
  • Fabric chairs for seating to be removed and replaced with chairs that can be sanitized.
  • Treatment room and office are sanitized per sanitizing procedures (see below).
  • Posters hung in and around office/treatment room.
    • Poster on cough hygiene
    • Hand washing hygiene
    • Larimer County required signage per business re-opening checklist
  • Patients are alerted to change in typical procedures.
  • Assess PPE, hand washing stations, hand sanitation stations, waste receptacles, social distancing space.

 

Patient Pre-screening:

  • Patients will be alerted the day before their scheduled appointment and asked to report any COVID-19 symptoms they may be experiencing.
  • If any positive COVID-19 symptoms are present, on site appointment will be cancelled with the option to reschedule as a Telehealth appointment.
  • Reminder to bring mask and alert to social distancing procedures.

 

Day of Service Procedures:

Upon Arrival at the Clinic:

  • Patient is asked to remain in vehicle or outside on sidewalk until their appointment time.
  • Before entering the office, patient will be asked about any COVID-19 symptoms they may be experiencing.
  • Forehead temperature will be taken on each patient before entry.
  • Patients are not permitted in the office without a face mask. Cloth face masks are acceptable.
  • Patients must wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before entering the Clinic.
  • Patients may not wait or linger in the waiting area.
  • Anyone who has accompanied the patient to the office must remain in the car or outside the office.
  • Patient and practitioner will allow 6 feet of distance when possible.
  • Both patient and practitioner will wear a face mask. Practitioner face mask will be at least a surgical mask, not cloth.
  • Practitioner may wear gloves during the treatment or anytime they are directly contacting the patient.
  • Practitioner will wear minimal jewelry.
  • Practitioner will wear scrubs or only clothing which has been washed before and will be washed immediately after each day in the clinic.
  • Tissues and paper towels are provided to patients with a no-touch waste receptacle.
  • Electronic invoices will be sent to the patient to pay online. Checks and cash will also be accepted, but credit cards will not be handled at time of service.

 

Laundry:

  • Clean laundry will be stored in a closed cabinet separate from any other potentially contaminated items.
  • Linens and pillowcase will be changed after every patient. Towels, gowns, sheets, pillowcases, etc. will be used only for one patient. Practitioner will wear gloves while handling dirty linens and disposed of immediately after.
  • Dirty laundry will be stored in a closed closet and taken to clean every 1-2 days.

 

Office Space Surface Decontamination:

  • A checklist is created with items to be sanitized after each patient/daily/weekly. These items will be signed and dated after completion.
  • All hard surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected with EPA registered or CDC recommended disinfectant for COVID-19 according to label.
    • 4tsp bleach to 1quart water solution will be sprayed on surfaces and allowed contact for at least 1 minute before wiping.
  • Frequent touch surfaces will be cleaned after each patient including but not limited to:
    • Treatment table, chair, desk/table, door handles, light switches, soap dispensers, faucet handles, sinks, bathroom toilet, etc.
  • All surfaces in treatment room will be disinfected daily.
  • All surfaces around the office that are frequently touched surfaces by staff will be disinfected daily.
  • Office floors will be disinfected weekly.
  • A minimum of 30 minutes will be allowed between patient visits for disinfecting.
  • Gloves will be worn while cleaning/disinfecting.

 

Social Distancing:

  • Telehealth consultations will continue to be used as often as possible.
  • Patients will wait in car or outside until called in for their appointment. No one will be using the waiting room.
  • Anyone accompanying the patient to the appointment must wait in the car or outside the office.
  • Curbside delivery of herbs will be utilized for any patient who doesn’t have an existing onsite appointment.
  • Patient and practitioner will maintain 6 foot distancing as much as possible during intake/treatment.
  • Practitioner is coordinating with other practitioners within the office to ensure no more than 10 people in the office at any given time.
  • Practitioner is limiting number of patients per day and designating at least 30 minutes between appointments to clean/ventilate the room.

 

Gloves:

  • Gloves may be worn during patient treatment- while checking pulses, needling, cupping, etc.
  • Gloves will be changed between patients.
  • Gloves are single use and disposable.
  • Practitioner will wash hands before putting on and after removing gloves.
  • Gloves will be worn to clean and disinfect treatment room.

 

Face masks:

  • Patients may wear cloth masks or gaiter covering their nose and mouth
  • Practitioner must wear a surgical mask or KN95 mask.
  • Face masks should be changed daily, but if supplies are limited and mask is clean, dry, hasn’t been touched, and has no visible defects, it may be worn for up to 7 days.
  • Mask may be removed between patients when not in contact with others.
  • Hands must be washed before putting mask on or removing mask.
  • Interior of mask may not be touched.
  • Mask may be placed in a paper bag between uses
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