Health First Implements Temperature Checks as Part of Screening Process in All Hospitals and Facilities
By Space Coast Daily // May 14, 2020
Mandatory for associates, vendors and any visitors entering any Health First clinical property
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – To maintain a healthy and safe environment for our patients, associates, and community, Health First has implemented temperature checks as part of our screening process in all hospitals and clinical facilities.
Temperature checks are mandatory for associates, vendors and any visitors entering any Health First clinical property — including hospitals and medical group locations. They will have their temperature checked regardless of clinical contact — each time they enter the facility.
As part of the initiative:
▪ Any associate, vendor, or visitor entering a Health First clinical property will have their temperature checked — regardless of clinical contact.
▪ For quick and contactless measurements, infrared thermometers are used.
▪ Associates and providers in clinical areas who show a temperature above 100.4 F are not allowed to enter the facility until they are cleared to return to work.
▪ Vendors or visitors with a temperature greater than 100.4 F are not allowed to enter the facility.
▪ Arriving hospital patients are NOT required to undergo temperature checks under this screening procedure as they will be screened as part of their typical medical evaluation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the use of temperature checks in many different settings – including healthcare. Screening individuals before they enter a facility helps reduce exposure for other patients and healthcare personnel helps prevent the spread of disease and, helps ensure personal protective equipment is used effectively.
“Temperature checks are simply one more tool available to help maintain a safe and healthy environment,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker, Chief Physician Executive for Health First.
“As more and more organizations across the country are beginning to implement similar measures, our own associates and leaders agree that we will do everything necessary to support and protect our customers — and minimize the health risks for all.”
Further, employers in other industries are considering whether they, too, should conduct temperature checks on employees who are reporting to work to avoid possible spread of the virus as the country slowly begins to “reopen” in select areas.
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