How to safely allow visitors to your hospital in a COVID-exposed world (fifth of a seven-part series)
Monday, August 3, 2020 by Andrew Jones
The risks of not managing your visitors properly At best, not identifying visitors makes employees wonder about them. At worst, it leaves people exposed to potential harm. Any unauthorized visitor should be considered a security breach, with assumed bad consequences, such as: Bringing disease into your hospital, now more than ever Physically harming your patients, staff, and other visitors Being under the influence of a controlled substance and/or seeking to steal drugs from your ...
How to safely allow visitors to your hospital in a COVID-exposed world (fourth of a seven-part series)
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 by Andrew Jones
How to choose the right visitor management system (VMS) for signing in and badging your visitors Choosing the right VMS requires asking the right questions. A good visitor management system, or VMS, lets you sign in, identify, and track your visitors. This helps protect your patients and staff from outsiders. Every hospital has different needs. So ask yourself the following questions to help you choose the right visitor management system for your hospital, as determined by its policies ...
How to safely allow visitors to your hospital in a COVID-exposed world (third of a seven-part series)
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 by Andrew Jones
How to manage your visitors The safety of patients and staff comes first. This will ensure the safety of visitors. Your visitor policy should help you do the following: CONTROL Managing your visitors begins with limiting how many you allow and when. Then limit how many points of entry are open to the public. Since all visitors must be screened and badged, the ideal is one entrance per building. Once visitors are inside, funnel them to your screening station with clear signage. ...
How to safely allow visitors to your hospital in a COVID-exposed world (second of a seven-part series)
Friday, July 10, 2020 by Andrew Jones
Now, more than ever, you must know who is in your building. This requires signing in, identifying, and tracking your visitors. How to know who has permission to be in your hospital. When was the last time you saw a healthcare worker who wasn’t wearing some form of identification? More than other institutions, hospitals have vulnerable occupants who need to know the people in charge of their care have authorized access to their bedside. A presumption of safety is critical to effective ...
How to safely allow visitors to your hospital in a COVID-exposed world (first of a seven-part series)
Monday, July 6, 2020 by Paul Kazlauskas
A new threat has been added to your hospital security list. COVID-19 means more vigilance, even when infections decline. Increased scrutiny of visitors should continue. Hospitals have always had to manage the risk of infectious diseases. But now, with the onset of Coronavirus Disease 2019, it is harder than ever to keep patients, staff, and visitors safe. This highly contagious and deadly disease poses a constant threat to everyone’s health. So hospitals have had to implement much ...
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