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Safety has always been an integral part of our brand. This is at the forefront even more now due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What are universal precautions?
Universal precautions are a set of guidelines those of us in medicine follow for infection control. What precaution is followed depends on the visit or treatment.
This includes hand washing or hand sanitizer, gloves and glasses, face mask, cleaning treatment fields with surgical soap or alcohol or other disinfectant, caution when handling needles and other sharps, and disposing of contaminated materials in proper ways such as biohazard bins and bags.
What is PPE?
Personal protective equipment is protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter. In medicine, this is part of infection control. What is required depends on the hazard you are trying to avoid. For example PPE for a firefighter fighting a fire will differ from PPE an electrician may use. Every specialty has their specific PPE for what they are protecting themselves from. Types of PPE include gloves, glasses or goggles, face shields, face masks, gowns, and footwear.
Tell me about injection safety when doing fillers. What are things to consider pre injection, during injection, post injection?
Safety during filler procedures is focused on three phases. Before, during and after.
Before injection we screen patients for active infection and history of infection such as it is important to know if a patient has a history of herpes cold sore virus if we are going to do a lip filler injection as injection trauma can cause a viral flare so we want to pretreat or treat with anti-viral such as Valciclovir or Famciclovir.
We also screen for no dental procedures 2 weeks pre filler treatment and 2 weeks post filler treatment. There are bacteria in the mouth that can dislodge and find their way to fillers (which are temporary implants).
Patients should come with a makeup free clean face. We do not want makeup particles traveling into the skin with the filler. We also cleanse the face with disinfectants such as alcohol and chlorhexidine.
During injection, avoid touching the hair or parts that have not been cleaned.
Avoid touching the needle. Always treat and massage lips last (if other treatment areas are combined) so gloves are not contaminated.
Post injection we apply only clean medical grade products. Avoid make up until the next day.
Avoid extreme cold or heat or strenuous activity for the day.Avoid flying out for 24-48 hours.
Postpone dental appts for 2 weeks or more after.
Let’s review hydrafacial safety.
Hydrafacial is our favorite medical grade facial.
It has 3 amazing steps –
- cleanse and peel
- extract & hydrate
- fuse & protect
The safety features are important to highlight in a time like this.
-The patented plastic tips are single use only
-Tubing is one-directional with a vacuum (fluid can only go one way)
-There is a self cleaning mode (a cleanser that circulates through the system after every treatment)
What has shifted for the practice in terms of safety?
-We ask sick patients to get some rest and reschedule. Or if there has been recent travel within the past two weeks to reschedule.
-We have given our staff preventative fabric masks and glasses to use as appropriate for the time.
-At check in, we will continue to keep social distancing measures in our practice and offer hand sanitizer rather than a water dispenser.
-During visits, we already had been using hand sanitizer, wiping down procedure chairs & counters with Cavi wipes between patients so that will obviously continue.
-At check out, we have been able to implement a no touch check out with credit cards and can also accept Apple pay, Google pay, Samsung pay, etc.
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If you are in Brevard County, Melbourne, Viera, Orlando, Merritt Island, Indialantic, or Titusville areas, please call today to learn more about our practice, or schedule your custom consultation or virtual visit at 321.241.1160 or email www.foryourbestself.com.
Stay safe and be well.