COVID-19 has presented unique challenges to the healthcare system. These challenges include needing to treat people, but also needing to reduce contamination, as well as handling the visits of family and friends to patients. The healthcare system has risen to the challenge and has responded valiantly. Here are three such adjustments to cope with challenges from COVID-19.
According to Health Leaders Media, telehealth has risen quite dramatically since the rise of COVID-19. Telehealth is where patients consult with their doctors online, from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Instead of having to drive to a doctor’s office, a patient can video call their doctor and still get professional medical advice. Some vital signs can even be monitored from a distance. Telehealth isn’t a perfect solution as there are some diseases and treatments where it doesn’t function as well, but it is one way for people to still get medical aid without endangering themselves by going to the doctor’s office.
Another thing that’s been done is adjusting in-person practices. According to Murfreesboro Family Dentistry, attending wellness checks and dentist appointments may require additional measures and self-checks on the patient’s part. Telehealth also plays a role in these appointments. Certain things that still need to be done in person, like a visit to the dentist, are still permitted with adjustments like facial coverings when entering the building, but other items of healthcare can be counseled with using telehealth to conduct a consultation.
According to Greenway Health, even in the waiting room areas of clinics and hospitals, healthcare has adjusted their practices. Most clinics have certain chairs taped off to keep people sitting six feet apart to maintain social distancing. All the receptionists wear masks and wipe down their stations in-between patients. Some clinics even have pens that are sanitized after every use. Patients are typically checked for a fever when they enter the clinic and asked if they exhibit other COVID-19 symptoms. Some places limit the visiting of family members and require that all visitors wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some clinics that don’t have waiting rooms encourage patients to wait outside in their vehicles until it is their time for their scheduled appointment.
Healthcare has risen to the challenges that COVID-19 has presented by using telehealth to communicate with patients electronically and at a distance. In addition, healthcare has adjusted in-person and waiting room practices to prevent the disease from spreading. Through tactics like these, healthcare practices have been able to continue to operate safely.
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