Running a healthcare business is an important yet stressful role. Especially now that we are all having to live with the COVID-19 pandemic. There are certainly a lot of considerations that need to be made in order to keep the healthcare system and it’s employees safe and well looked after.
There is an increasing amount of pressure for anyone that works or runs a healthcare business. With more guidelines to follow, extra precautions to take, lower staff levels and a higher demand for care, you need to ensure that you are putting the right steps into place to ensure your patients and staff are left feeling safe, appreciated and a top priority.
Some of the things you should consider include:
Cleaning in the healthcare industry has always been a priority, however, it is more important than ever to make sure any equipment, bedding, floors, and premises are cleaned on a regular basis and as a priority. Ideally, you should arrange for these to be cleaned more than once a day, sterilize any equipment used and use disinfectant on any surfaces touched by any of the staff and residents. Think about supplying any staff with a mini cleaning kit so they are able to clean after themselves if they do a home visit and extra cleaning supplies in any care homes as well as arranging for a cleaning service to perform regular deep cleans.
Personal protective equipment has already become an issue for many health care services, with it quickly becoming short in supply. Do everything you can to make sure your staff has got the equipment they need in order to make your residents and staff feel as safe as possible. If any of your staff relay any issues with the equipment, you should listen to them with the utmost importance and try to fix the issue as a priority. As well as PPE for your staff you should also make sure that any other equipment that they need is in good supply. Provide them with a retractable carabiner so they don’t have to place their passes on any surfaces, provide them with extra uniforms to get changed into, etc.
Although, is a much more demanding time and the need for you to have as many staff as possible to hand it is also important to make sure your employees are still well-rested and getting some much-needed care and attention at home. Yes, everyone wants to put as much effort in as possible but if your staff are left tired and almost exhausted from the time and commitment that they putting in it’s important to nudge them in the right direction and give them some time away. Even if it’s just an afternoon here and there it’s going to go a long way to making sure they are well to complete any tasks at hand.
These are just three important areas to concentrate on for your healthcare business through the COVID-19 pandemic. Is there anything else that you are currently putting into place that you could share in the comments below?