When you own or work in a medical office, you’re often dealing with people who don’t feel so well. This means environmental hazards like cluttered walkways, unmarked parking lots and lack of physical barriers can all pose a problem for patients and employees alike. There are a few simple things you can do in your medical office to prevent accidental injury or infection of others.
Especially in places like an ENT office, people might be wandering in with communicable diseases. To protect your staff, it can be helpful to install sneeze guards at all desk areas where they interact with patients. This can help to prevent sneezes and coughs from expelling germs directly into your staff’s airways.
It’s also smart to make sure the soap in your restroom is antibacterial and always stocked and to leave hand sanitizer strategically around the waiting room and in each exam room. This encourages people to sanitize as they move through the office and can help reduce the risk of them infecting others.
Slip and Falls
Think about the last time you were sick and how much it impaired your cognitive functioning. Sick patients might be a little wobbly on their feet or not paying as much attention to the space around them, so it’s important to remove anything that could trip them as they move through your office. Make sure your walkways are all clear and there’s plenty of space to move through without running into things like small tables or extra chairs.
You also want to make sure your chairs are arranged so there’s a clear path between the seating area and the exam area. People should be able to navigate your waiting room with ease and without having to climb over or around other patients.
Lastly, if you have carpet in your office, make sure it is all properly secured on the floor so there’s nothing for patients to trip over. It’s also generally recommended to repair any worn areas that might not provide adequate traction for people walking over it.
You want to make sure your office has clearly marked exits in case of a fire. It can also be helpful to include a fire escape plan in the waiting room, hallway and bathrooms so patients know how to quickly find the exits in your building.
Mitigating risk in your office is an important aspect of keeping your staff and patients safe.