St. Petersburg doctor told dangerous to visit clinics after the lifting of restrictions

In St. Petersburg from June 25 to remove restrictions on visits to patients outpatient organizations, as well as routine medical examinations and vaccinations. Should we expect outbreaks of coronavirus infection after this step, the correspondent of “Rosbalt” explained the head of the Epidemiological Department of the Elisabeth hospital epidemiologist Olga Shirai.

“the notion that hospitals are a hotbed of infection is wrong. Risks of infection are lower than in other places of a mass congestion of people: in the metro, malls or in beauty salons. In hospitals they are minimal. In addition, any medical organization carried out anti-epidemic measures, and their execution is controlled by Rospotrebnadzor and other regulatory authorities,” said the doctor.

Epidemiologist recommends that you do not visit clinics and hospitals in the case if a person has signs of SARS — the rules here remain the same, and the doctor is better to call home.

“If there is any need to contact the medical organization in the unfavourable situation for the coronavirus, it is necessary to use masks, gloves, to keep social distance of 1.5 meters, to comply with the requirements for hand hygiene,” said Olga Shirai.

Epidemiologist also mentioned that since some St. Petersburg hospital was redeveloped under the COVID-19, the precautions they are respected more strictly. For example, if at the Elisabeth hospital find a patient with symptoms of SARS or pneumonia, he was immediately isolated and quickly transferred to the infectious hospital. In the division hospital, which was the patient, disinfection chamber disinfection of bedding, contact a staff survey on infection.

“in addition, everyone who enters the building of our hospital, is an obligatory thermometry: how patients and staff. When viewlstarting the temperature above 37 entrance to any person is prohibited. The medical staff has passed the inspection of General practitioner for the presence of clinical manifestations of SARS. That is, the risks of infection from medical personnel to the minimum”, — told Olga Shirai.

Recall, planned hospitalization, check-UPS, vaccinations and routine techniques in St. Petersburg was cancelled as of the end of March. Now restrictions were removed, but this does not apply to hospitals that restructured in patients with coronavirus.

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