As you may know, this situation is going to stay with us for a while. That is why it is necessary to adapt our program offering a safe environment to all our team. The safety and security of our volunteers, staff members, and communities is our top priority, and we have to take precautionary measures to protect our people.
This safety protocol was created in response to the COVID-19 situation. It is based upon local Health Ministries and the indications provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and under the technical supervision of local professionals in Guatemala and Costa Rica. We are continually communicating with the local health authorities and updating this Protocol as needed.
- Wash hands
- Social Distance
- Use of facemask
- Cough and sneeze protocol
- Clean and disinfect
PPE: PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
- Surgical mask
- Medical Gloves
OPERATIONS AND LOGISTICS
- Our trips will have a maximum of 21 volunteers.
- We will avoid close contact with people in the communities without protection
- Students must bring with themselves at least 1 full scrub set for each clinic day, or a minimum of 3 scrubs. It is encouraged for students and staff members to use the laundry services at the hotels.
- Avoid direct greetings such as handshakes and kisses.
- The temperature will be taken at the beginning and the end of each day according to the itinerary.
- Social bubble or within the same members of each program.
- Team Leader will take the temperature of each person and register the information in a logbook, starting from the first day of the trip
- Team Leader will briefly explain the dynamic of the activities regarding social distancing, roommate assignment for hotels and homestays, if applicable.
- The use of a mask during the General Orientation will be mandatory for all the participants.
- Family visits activity and Homestay program will be suspended until further notice.
- During clinic days, there will not be any rotation between students and/or staff, meaning that the groups will stay the same from the beginning until the end of the clinics.
- Each student will carry their Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) provided by Vida.
- Surgical Face Mask.
- Face shield.
- Isolation gown (dental students).
- N95 mask (dental students).
- Each staff member will carry their Personal Protection
- Vida will ensure through the community coordinators the cleanness of the facilities where clinics are performed before and after its use, by providing cleaning tools such as liquid Lysol, soap, chlorine, or a solution with at least 70% alcohol.
- During clinic days patients’ consultation will be given through scheduled appointments organized by the Community Coordinator. There will be assigned 1 or 2 patients per hour per interpreter for each clinic day.
- The organization guarantees access to soap, hand sanitizer, disposable towels that can be placed within the clinic.
- Social distancing of 6 ft should be applied both in and out of the clinic.
- The community coordinator will set and mark how social distancing should be in the waiting area for the patients.
Patients’ admission to the clinic
Prior to the admission to any of our clinics, Vida will set a Triage station where a nurse will classify patients. The nurse in charge of patients’ admission to the clinics should use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
People with COVID-19 suspicious symptoms will not be admitted to the clinic and will get a referring medical order, according to the Alert System of the Health Ministry.
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