Hospitals welcome back patients, with precautions in place
Hospitals around the country are inviting patients back, while addressing fears of contracting COVID-19. Enhanced cleaning, diligent handwashing and use of personal protective equipment are being enforced to ensure a clean environment for both patients and staff.
“Parents are fearful about taking their kids into the hospital because they don’t know what kind of exposure there may be. However, I would say hospitals are probably the safest place at this point because we are taking all the precautions needed to keep the staff and patients in a safe environment,” said physician Sushmita Veloor, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus. ”… (I)t’s definitely safer than being out there in a grocery store where people are not following all the precautions.”
Some hospitals are taking an extra step by deploying UVC disinfection technology to eradicate any unwanted pathogens that are left behind after manual cleaning.
St. Francis is one hospital that is “ramping up” its Tru-D usage during this time to give peace of mind that the facility is a germ-free as possible.
Similarly, Navicent Health in Georgia is taking extra measures to sanitize waiting areas, care areas and ambulances. These measures include increased attention to high-touch surfaces, including seating areas and elevator buttons, and the use of Tru-D to disinfect patient rooms.
UPMC Susquehanna is also using Tru-D and credits its safety and cleaning measures for not having had a single person contract COVID-19 while in the hospital–patient or staff.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is using Tru-D as part of its “Safer than Ever” checklist and using its fleet of UVC disinfection robots to disinfect patient rooms and clinical areas with UVC energy.
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