It is important to ensure that optometrists’ knowledge of infection prevention and control is current and that optometrists and members of their staff take appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of contracting influenza themselves or spreading an infection to patients.
- wash your hands between patients
- ask patients to wash their hands or use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer when they arrive in your office,
- avoid touching your face
- disinfect surfaces frequently
- cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough into your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue
- consider immunization for you, your immediate family and your staff members
- stay home if you or any member of your immediate family is ill
- recommend to patients that they stay home if they are ill or someone in their household is ill (this can be done when reminding them of their appointment).
- consider having masks available for the use of anyone who arrives in your office who may be ill (or shows symptoms of illness)
- Guide to Developing a Workplace Health Plan for an Influenza Pandemic: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, May 2006, which is available at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/emu/pan_flu/employ/guide.pdf
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