The first measures are to follow your facility and CDC guidelines. Were I work, we are required to wear either goggles or a face-shield in addition to our mask with every patient we see.
Keep your distance from your patients as much as possible when performing oral hygiene, toileting, or feeding. Wear goggles, a face shield, or protective eye wear.
Wash your hands regularly, gel (sanitize) in and out of every room, and always wear gloves. It seems simple, but you wouldn’t believe how often hospital employees don’t wear gloves.
I’ve witnessed on several occasions doctors, nurses, and therapists touching patients without gloves.
Have a mask ready for your patient to wear before treatment.
Clean you workstation before and after your shift. That includes your desk, keyboard, mouse, or anything else you frequently touch.
Clean your shoes before leaving work and don’t take them in your home.
Last, but not least, exercises regularly and eat healthy. Schedule 30 min of rigorous exercise 3-4 days per week.
David is the lead editor of OT Focus. He has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 2013. He specializes in acute care, hand therapy, and ergonomics.