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Social Distancing Tips to Follow In Your Hospital

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has come to realise the importance of social distancing measures and how to follow it diligently. Strict social distancing measures have resulted in fewer cases which have led to the lockdown being eased, although social distancing measures are still being followed vigilantly. 

These rules are even more important in a hospital for obvious reasons, as the safety of both the patients and the medical staff is as important as ever. As the hospital staff are at the forefront of treating COVID-19 patients, their health and safety along with that of the health of other patients is important. 

Social distancing is a critical tactic to help prevent the spread of the virus. In this piece, we discuss some protocols that need to be followed to keep medical personnel and patients of the hospital safe and sound. 

Install Foot Traffic Solutions to Monitor the Flow of People 

In order to promote social distancing, hospitals will benefit from installing automatic solutions that help monitor foot traffic at all times. In order to minimise physical contact with surfaces that could spread the virus, hospitals need to consider installing more automatic sliding doors, with an add-on system that helps manage the flow of traffic within the hospital. 

Green and red LEDs installed at the entrance will help hospital personnel control the number of entries that can be allowed at a time. This system can be employed across multiple points of entry and exit to promote social distancing. 

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Screens and Masks

The daily screening process for patients, staff and visiting family members will reinforce the importance of social distancing. Having a universal masking policy throughout the hospital will further help safeguard occupants from contracting the virus. Create dedicated testing areas at the entrance and car parks for people showing coronavirus symptoms. Ensure that you use automatic doors to their full potential here to curb and contain the spread of the virus. 

Communicate Social Distancing Measures

Communicating important social distancing tips is essential, despite people knowing the dos and don’ts of being safe during the pandemic. It gives everyone the confidence and a sense of solidarity as doctors, nurses, clinicians and the healthcare team at large along with patients and families come together to do their best to stay safe. Posting signage across the hospital is recommended especially in the common areas so more people are aware of the role they play. 

Making regular announcements and providing house-wide updates and information regarding team protocols and needs, emergency measures and key social distancing reminders will go a long way in ensuring that everyone is up to date with the latest developments to keep the virus at bay.

Telemedicine

With the help of telemedicine and work from home options, hospitals can create more space in their offices and corridors. This means team members, patients and visitors continue keeping safe and protected, as the density is reduced in the hospital for medication and treatment other than coronavirus. It’s all about limiting the number of visitors and with telemedicine, reducing this number is possible. 

Foot Traffic Management

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, hospitals and healthcare establishments all over the world have experienced a significant increase in the volume of patient care. Add to the mix patients who need treatment for other ailments and conditions, healthcare units have been operating at full capacity globally. Arrangements have to be made so that other patients can be given the necessary treatments for their conditions. 

This means you have to actively plan and maintain a safe environment in the clinics, hospital wards and perioperative areas. To make things more manageable, you can consider initiating a drive-through clinic for vaccination that will enable your team members to take vitals of patients and administer vaccines at curbside. 

Rearrange the seating in your waiting rooms to promote proper social distancing measures.

To Sum It Up

As healthcare providers, it is important to emphasise all communication that constantly reminds patients and staff that they must continue playing their part. This new environment of safety and care shows the bigger picture of a healthy future for patients, staff and families alike. 

As we all adapt and embrace the new normal, we can look forward to integrating the changes that we have learnt from the pandemic. 

The key is to ensure that your entrances and exits are well monitored so see to it that you partner with a sliding door repair company in Northamptonshire to guarantee optimum door performance!

Get in touch with Doorway Services for door repair and maintenance as you strengthen your social distancing measures.

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How Tech Can Help Social Distancing – Top 7 Tips Retail Stores Can Follow

Supermarkets are among the few places that have remained operative during the COVID-19 pandemic. In spite of that, the number of delivery slots has been kept to a bare minimum to help limit social contact. With retail stores set to open within the next week, the logistical challenge is only expected to grow.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised people to limit the time they spend outside their homes as a means to curb the spread of the virus.

However, people have to step out to purchase medicines and other essential products and as time moves on we will need to begin to return to a new normal. The need to leave your home becomes more frequent particularly for those taking care of an elderly person. 

This is why it is important for retailers to introduce strict social distancing norms such as avoiding physical contact and regular sanitisation of the store.

At Doorway Services, we have put together our top 7 norms every retailer can implement in their store.

Let’s take a look!

Install Customer Traffic Flow Solutions

In order to ease the flow of customers, so that social distancing advice can be followed, many supermarkets find themselves using several members of staff to control the flow of foot traffic. However, what if there was a system to track and monitor this automatically?

Up and coming technology will automatically track the number of customers and entering and leaving your store. Although built with stores in mind, the tech can be used in any building where social distancing needs to be followed. 

Working similarly to a traffic light, green and red LEDs control the flow of traffic into and out of the store, telling customers when they can enter. The system can even work across multiple entrances and exits to ensure accurate data.

Adding Distance Markers on The Floor

Along with limiting the entry of customers in your store, you can also place distance footmarks on the floor. This ensures that there is zero social contact between customers.

You can also implement a one-way system in each section of the store to avoid overcrowding of customers in one aisle.

Ask everyone to follow the distance markers and help them disinfect their baskets, trolleys, and hands before entering the store. For additional safety, install protective screens between customers and your staff.

Introducing a No-Touch Policy

Having a “no-touch” policy in place is more like asking customers to touch only those products that they want to purchase. You can add directional barriers and signs to help customers shop with ease while ensuring they maintain the said 6-feet distance.

Encourage your customers to choose a contactless payment option or pay using their cards, as this ensures there is no exchange of cash.

To make sure every customer follows the social distancing norms, allow just one trolley or basket per person. You could also consider enforcing that customers wear a mask in store, similar to the rules used in the US.

Placing Physical Barriers

You can place physical barriers to prevent queue jumpers or limit the number of people at a checkout point.

These barriers can also be placed at till points to ensure that there is enough distance between your staff and the customer. If your till points are close to each other, then consider closing most of them. Check if the same is required for self-scan tills.

Using Single-Entry and Exit Door

Have a dedicated entry and exit point in your store. To ensure customers are using the right entry point, ask your associates to give them proper directions or place signage near the entrance.

Similarly, after your customers check out, direct them to the respective exit point, as this will help reduce the instances of them walking past each other closely.

Installing Automatic Doors

Manual doors require customers to use their hands to open the doors. During this situation, it is crucial to avoid physical contact with surfaces that are likely to carry the virus.

Instead, why not install commercial automatic doors in your store to completely remove the concept of pushing the door open with your bare hands?

As an added precaution, you can pair these automatic doors with a counting system, similar to that seen in point 1, to maintain social distancing. This way, you can restrict the flow of customers and ensure the creation of a safe environment within your store.

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Providing Your Staff with Protective Gears

The safety of your employees has to be your top priority when running a retail store in a pandemic.

It is important to provide them with the necessary protective gears such as masks, gloves, and safety visors. This will not only help limit their social contact but also ensure they are protected from the virus at all times.

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If you own a retail business, it is important for you to have all the above-mentioned social distancing norms in place. Assess your entire store and see how you can deal with the effects of this pandemic whilst doing your bit to curb the spread of the virus.

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