Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been witnessing the unique solutions care services have been coming up with to protect their care homes against the spread of the virus. With COVID cases on the rise again we reached out to members of our community to ask what has helped them in the fight against COVID. Check out these 5 ways you can protect against the spread of COVID-19 in your care facility:
Gloves are a requirement in care facilities, but using gloves as much as possible can help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Make sure to remove all jewellery and/or watches before putting on, as these may cause tears in the gloves. It’s also important to remember to wash hands before and after wearing gloves to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria and to always change gloves before administering care to another service user.
2. Antibacterial doorknobs
Did you know that copper can help kill viruses and bacteria? Studies have shown that the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in care facilities “is likely to provide protection from infectious microbes by reducing surface contamination”. Several trials in the UK and Germany “have shown a reduction in bacterial counts, indicating that copper surfaces are a promising additional tool alongside other hygienic measures to curb the number and severity of hospital-acquired infections.”
You could use copper tape to wrap commonly used surfaces, for instance, the handle of an electric kettle or on a door handle.
Bet you weren’t expecting this one! One of our community members set up caravans for staff to change in to help limit the spread of germs.
“We have caravans for the staff to change into and out of uniforms so that they do not go out into the community in workwear,” said Diane, a manager at a care facility outside of London. We love this idea – it shows what lengths our community is going to protect not only their service users but also the families and communities of their Carers.
Foggers can be an inexpensive and quick way to disinfect surfaces. One of our community members purchased one with the money she received from the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund as well as some air mist spray to help stop the spread of COVID in her care facility.
5. Single Entrance System
Many care facilities in our community have designated one entrance/exit for staff to use when entering or leaving the care facility. This makes it a lot easier to disinfect and sanitise, as you can focus your cleaning efforts on a single entrance rather than a number of entrances around the facility. It’s also easier to take staff temperatures upon arrival, as you always know where they’ll be entering from.
We’re here to help
The team at Log my Care is working hard to make sure you and your staff are kept in the loop on the latest news around COVID-19. If you’d like more information on how to prepare for the second wave of coronavirus, click here.
Our free software also features track and trace and system monitoring capabilities and logging test results. Our Coronavirus Monitoring Tool helps you log and track symptoms like temperature, cough, fatigue, aches, and loss of taste and smell so that you’ve got access to real-time data that can help you deal with any potential cases.
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