Pharmacists play an essential and unique role within the healthcare team to optimize patient care during this COVID‐19 pandemic.
Here the 10 Step Guidance For Pharmacy in COVID-19
1. Pharmacy Signage
Have a banner/standee at the pharmacy entrance advising patient not to enter the pharmacy if they are displaying any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 patients to contact the COVID-19 Helplin 1115 or to contact COVID-19 designated hospitals
2. Wash Your Hands
Regulary wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based rub. Use WHO 7 steps of hand washing technique. Provide Hand gels at the pharmacy counter for the public.
3. Self Isolate
If you have a new cough and/ or a fever DO NOT come to work and self-isolate for at least 14 days and when symptoms get better.
4. Social Distance
Maintain a 1 meter distance between yourself and patients when taking in and giving out prescription consider restricting the number of patients who can enter your pharmacy at one time
5. Face Masks
Wear a mask when in contact with patients. Change masks frequently. Disposable masks should only be used once.
6. Prescription Handling
Wear disposable gloves in the pharmacy. Ensure you change your gloves every time you handle a new prescription
7. Mobile Phone Rx Handling
Encourage patients to sanitize mobile phones with alcohol wipes available at the pharmacy counter, before you handle the mobile
8. Cash / PC Handling
Cash should be strictly handled with gloves and should be changed after every hour. Handling of medicines and cash should not be done by the same member of staff stimultaneously. Use gloves to operate keyboards.
9. Sanitation of Premises
All surfaces including appliances, shelving medicines packaging, computers, teleohones should be sanitized on a regular basis using a rota system
10 COVID-10 Testing.
Testing will only take place if
- Recently traveled internationally
- Recently traveled intercity and are showing COVID-19 symptoms
- Been in-contact with someone who has recently traveled internationally
- Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms; fever, persistant cough & shortness of breath.
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