Sick, AGAIN! Who has time to take three days off, in bed, miserable, while the list of tasks you are supposed to be handling run through your head? It is horrible when a bad cold or flu spreads through your staff, and participants. The good news is, there are some very simple procedures you can implement to lower the chances of this happening.
Developing an infection control policy supported by comprehensive procedures to implement it is an effective and necessary tool to minimize the spread of illness. Treatment centers are prone to spreading infections due to the high volume of individuals who may come from a high-risk environment. Knowing what and how to report them is also very important! A list of the reportable communicable diseases to the Center for Disease Control can be found at: https://wwwn.cdc.gov/nndss/conditions/notifiable/2017/infectious-diseases/
Hand hygiene is a critical component of precautions and one of the most effective methods to prevent transmission of pathogens associated with Behavioral Healthcare Facilities. Conducting a risk assessment and corrective action plans are paramount in mitigating illnesses and spreading of infectious diseases. Also, it is a requirement for Joint Commission Accreditation.
- Install hands-free paper towel and soap dispensers
- Make hand sanitizer readily available
- Educate staff and residents