Running Your Dermatology Practice During COVID-19
Step 4: Maintain appropriate PPE for staff
Check OSHA’s PPE standards (29 CFR 1910 Subpart I) and ensure there is enough appropriate PPE for all your staff. The Academy offers a way for members to purchase PPE through the AAD Member Buying Program. Review CDC guidance and some state guidelines on how to optimize the supply of face masks.
Masks and eye protection should be worn by all staff interacting with patients and patients should come into the office wearing a mask.
Whenever a staff member needs to remove or adjust their PPE, they should first wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or rub them with an alcohol rub. They should then again wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or rub them with an alcohol rub after they have touched and/or adjusted their PPE.
Consider the necessity of conserving PPE during the pandemic. The same mask may be worn for several days and either sterilized or put aside for 5-7 days and reused.
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