10 ways to Protect your hospital from infectious disease

In 2015, an inpatient in a hospital in Northern Virginia was diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles. The hospital wanted to alert all non-employed workers who had been in the facility the same days and times as the measles patient for the potential of exposure. Within minutes, our customer support Hero team was able to run a report to determine those affected and generate an email to over 2,000 vendors, clinical contractors, volunteers, researchers and construction workers.

Flu, SARS, MERS, Zika, Ebola, dengue fever, measles, mumps and, most recently, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), have all made their way into news cycles and continue to be a source of concern to healthcare facilities.

With staff and vulnerable patients to protect, efforts are continuously made to screen and monitor those who touch communal surfaces, share small enclosed areas and walk through the shared air space.

The best way to prevent outbreaks of any infectious disease is vaccination. However, where there is no vaccine, such as the case with the new COVID-19, the next best line of defense is vigilance. With 11,000 healthcare locations and 1 million members worldwide, the SEC3URE Ethos plays a strategic role in our facilities’ protection and prevention efforts.

Your part? All it takes is your vigilance to require all non-employees to check in and out via SEC3URE.

Our part?  The SEC3URE Ethos helps facilitate your vigilance in 10 ways:

  1. Track the date, time and duration of all non-employees who enter your facility and who they met with while in the building.
  2. Require proof of immunization against standard infectious diseases such as MMR, chickenpox, influenza, Tdap, hepatitis B, TB and meningitis.
  3. Establish immunity requirements from all who enter, such as vendors, clinical contractors, allied healthcare providers, service technicians, construction workers, volunteers, clergy, etc.
  4. Receive instant notification when a user is denied access due to missing immunization documentation.
  5. Effectively manage and document all exemption decisions.
  6. Restrict or revoke access to those with known exposure or illness.
  7. Easily communicate to all non-employees regarding possible exposure or additional precautions.
  8. Upload and distribute infection prevention policies with documented acknowledgments.
  9. Switch to manual check-in process when physical health screening becomes necessary.
  10. Get in contact with those who may have been exposed after they visit.