Use These Charts to Log Staff Temperatures, Practice Disinfecting
By David Doolittle

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As your practice takes in more patients now that COVID-19 restrictions on medical services have been lifted, you’ll want to do everything possible to create a safe environment for your staff and patients. 

Part of that process is monitoring your employees for illness, and keeping surfaces, public areas, and equipment clean and disinfected. 

To help you keep track, the Texas Medical Association has created a downloadable chart to record each staff member’s daily temperature and another for logging cleaning and disinfecting throughout your practice. 

It’s also a good idea to have a plan for what you will do when you find employees with a high temperature. Will they be sent home? Will they receive sick pay? It’s also best to maintain confidentiality, such as using identifiers rather than names and taking temperatures in a private area (also avoid having employees line up and wait). 

Keeping your practice disinfected throughout the day is essential, and having a log to guide staff will help ensure consistency and keep cleanings timely. 

For more tips on successfully reopening your practice, TMA has created Road to Practice Recovery: A Guide for Reopening Your Practice Post-COVID-19.  

From evaluating staffing levels and managing patient appointments, to ensuring patient safety and communicating regularly with patients and staff, the guide provides the information practices need to head in the right direction more confidently.  

Also check out:

  • TMA’s “Road to Practice Recovery Snapshot,” which outlines what you should do now and in the future;
  • An accompanying webinar that is accredited for 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™; and
  • podcast that offers tips to help you prepare for a post-COVID-19 surge of patients.  

If that’s not enough, find more tools, resources, and links in TMA’s Practice Viability Toolkit, which can help you make informed decisions about your practice.  

Refer to TMA’s COVID-19 Practice Viability webpage for even more information, including frequently asked questions, regarding operational challenges that affect your practice’s viability.  

Find the latest news and government guidance on the coronavirus outbreak by visiting TMA’s COVID-19 Resource Center regularly.

Last Updated On

May 19, 2020

Originally Published On

May 19, 2020

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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