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The Re-Opening Toolkit for Medical Spas contains the following helpful resources:
AmSpa Checklist for Re-opening of Medical Spas During COVID-19
This checklist provides basic guidance for medical spas on issues and considerations for re-opening during the COVID-19 crisis.
Staff Health and Safety Plan
One of the most foundational elements to your business is your staff. But what happens when your staff is not fit for duty? What if they report to work after traveling to an outbreak area of a contagious condition or are unpresentable? While your staff is crucial to operations, it would be detrimental should your entire business be exposed to viruses or illnesses like COVID-19. This plan is designed to address the safety of not only the overall business, but each staff member individually. Minimizing the spread of infection to your staff is key to keeping your facility up and running. It is important to know what to do to not only prevent an infection from spreading, but also what to do if it should happen to your business. By implementing this plan for your staff you are able to help reduce the source and spread of infections, outbreaks, and viruses.
Patient Health and Safety Plan
So you have implemented the staff health and safety plan and have created an environment to help reduce the spread of infection from within your business, but what about the patients you will see? The external factor of spread that walk through your doors are what you will need to screen consistently as you continue to operate your business. In this plan, you will find the steps needed to take before, during, and after treatment of a patient. The window of opportunity before an infected individual arrives at your clinic is a crucial time to use certain guidelines to postpone treatment and not expose staff and other patients to an infected individual.
Medical Office Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan
This plan details how and what should be cleaned in a healthcare related office environment. Many forms of illnesses such as viruses and diseases can be spread in the workplace that do not have proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place. These guidelines will help to reduce the spread of illness in the workplace, therefore creating a place where productivity can increase as employees and staff are healthy and able to come to work. Encouraging your employees to practice cleanliness and implementing this plan of general housekeeping and disinfecting will aid in the reduction of viruses such as COVID-19.
Telecommuting Best Practices
As many offices and businesses are experiencing temporary closings of locations and moving to a remote/work from home method, we have provided guidelines that will benefit your business, employees, and overall productivity in these circumstances. These guidelines provide employees with the expectations of what a remote/work from home environment should look like. Communication, regular check-ins, advanced preparations, organizing a productive setup, and how to minimize distractions are a few of the ways your teams and employees can still meet goals while working from home. By implementing these guidelines from the beginning of a remote working timeframe, expectations for employees are set and a clear, collaborative workplace can continue to thrive when normal working conditions are disrupted from events like COVID-19.
Patient Consent to Telemedicine Services
With the closings of non-essential businesses on the rise, many healthcare practices are shifting to the use of telemedicine. This consent will allow you to connect via audiovisual technology to consult with and develop a treatment plan for your patient. Please note that the practice or provider using this form for Patient Consent To Telemedicine Services must use this form in conjunction with the federal and state notice of privacy practices, and other state rules on the use of telemedicine.
Patient Consent – COVID-19 Pandemic
This consent is relevant to the changing climate of medical practices due to the COVID-19 crisis. While many states have postponed all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of the patient, emergency or urgent surgeries and procedures are continuing and the patient should acknowledge that they could be exposed to COVID-19 during the course of their procedure(s). It is important to implement this language into your patient informed consents to help protect the providers and practice.