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Back To Work - June 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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spaces in the COVID-19 era. Post signs that remind staff, patients and visitors to follow 6-foot social distancing practices. Signage should also remind staff to wash their hands for 20 seconds periodically throughout the day. Have plenty of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. Invest heavily in cleaning supplies. Clean the break room, door handles and light switches daily — and throughout the day, if possible. Establish enhanced cleaning protocols and ensure staff follow them. You might find that some employees will refuse to report for work because of fears they have about being exposed to the coronavirus. Ask them for additional ideas that would make them feel safe — and implement them. If they still don't want to come to work, implement your absentee protocols: Give a written warning and a final warning before termination. Whenever possible, continue holding team or leadership meetings in the virtual realm, even after your facility reopens. Online meetings worked very well in many industries, and continuing them with employees in the same building should be a common practice under the current circumstances. Workstations might have to be reconfig- ured, or new barriers might need to be installed — at the patient reg- istration area, for example — in order to abide by social distancing protocols and limit exposure risks. If possible, consider staggering shifts to limit the number of employees in the facility at the same time. Formalize social distancing practices as policy, communicate to the staff why the policies are important and explain how they're going to be implemented. Also consider adopting testing and other safety protocols for staff members who return from vacations. Finally, assess the situation in your local area. If you have large numbers of new coronavirus cases, your staff would need to adhere to local social distancing regulations Legal Update LU 2 8 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 2 0

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