Due to the current pandemic situation, it is also important to take measures in occupational therapy practices to protect everyone involved from infections as comprehensively as possible. The advice given here is based on the currently valid regulations of the Infection Protection Act of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, as well as the current recommendations of the Ministries of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria, the Robert Koch Institute and the BGW Employer's Liability Insurance Association. With the expiry of the SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety standards on 25.05.2022, the BGW recommendations are now primarily authoritative and are consistently implemented in this practice. The measures are explicitly just as sensible even if you should already have been vaccinated.
Therefore, please note the following instructions for your visit to the practice.
Important for your visit to the practice:
- Please do not come to the practice if you or your children are currently in quarantine or barred from attending work or an educational/care facility, or have had contact with infected persons.
- If symptoms of a cold are present, please call to clarify whether it is advisable to carry out the treatment. This also applies without exception to vaccinated, recovered and tested persons.
- In general, regular testing increases safety for yourself, for me as a therapist and for my patients. There is no obligation to test.
- During your visit to the practice, please ensure that you observe the distance and hygiene rules, including the cough and sneeze etiquette, and remind your children of these rules regularly.
- Please disinfect your hands. A dispenser with disinfectant is located in the bathroom and in all therapy rooms. Please support your children in carrying out hand disinfection.
- For adults and for children over the age of six, the wearing of a mouth-nose covering (hereafter referred to as a "mask") is strongly recommended. If possible, choose an FFP-2 mask, because it also means significantly better protection for yourself. Wearing a medical mask ("surgical mask") also provides some protection, but especially for other people. The mask should be put on before entering the surgery and should only be taken off after leaving the surgery. It should also be worn when you are alone in a room, i.e. explicitly also in the waiting room, even if you are alone there. Masks with valves are undesirable, as are visors, spit shields and the like. And as the term "mouth-nose covering" already reveals at first glance, it makes sense to cover both the mouth and the nose completely, masks that fit as tightly as possible all around protect best, "loose" ways of wearing (rolling in, holding open at the sides, hanging loosely over the nose, cutting off the upper strap fastening, etc.) as well as manipulations (such as detaching a layer of fabric, unravelling seams, etc.) are tantamount to abandoning a mask and are undesirable.
- Please avoid unnecessary stays in the practice. If possible, do not come before the agreed appointment, leave the practice immediately after the treatment and, if possible, refrain from waiting in the practice for relatives who are currently being treated.
- Instead of a handshake, I will gladly give you a friendly smile - and of course my full attention.
- Please note that your stay in the practice will be documented and the data can be passed on to the responsible health authorities if necessary (e.g. if a corona infection occurs).
Mouth-nose covering - why?
This question is occasionally asked, not infrequently with reference to other practices where the wearing of a mouth-nose covering (hereafter referred to as "mask") is no longer practised. The answer: Here in the practice you come into contact with a therapist who carries out a large number of treatments every day and therefore comes into contact with many different people. Furthermore, I also treat high-risk patients in the practice, in elderly care facilities and during home visits. The protection of all those involved remains important to me and is more necessary than ever in view of the high incidence. Therefore, wearing a mask is important in this practice even after 3 April.
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Here in the practice, you are coming into contact with a therapist who carries out a large number of treatments every day and therefore comes into contact with many different people. Wearing an FFP-2 mask is explicitly also for your own protection. The difficulty in breathing that occurs when worn correctly may take some getting used to at first, but it has been proven that it is not unhealthy.
Is there a corona test obligation for therapists or patients?
For medically necessary treatments (i.e. for all treatments prescribed by a doctor), there is currently no obligation for patients to take a test, and there are no testing options offered here in the practice. If in doubt, please use the many other testing options that are now available. I myself am regularly tested by means of PoC tests.
Are the measures appropriate?
Hygiene regulations and rules on contacts and distances serve to protect all those involved from infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 and thus from the possibly serious consequences of an illness. This applies in particular to those people for whom an infection would be associated with particularly high risks for a severe course. In addition, it is a matter of joint efforts to prevent a possible overload of health care facilities. Phases of relaxation in the number of infections and temporary relaxation of precautionary measures should not be misunderstood to mean that the virus no longer poses a threat. Currently, the development of the infection has reached a threatening stage. In principle, contracting CoViD-19 poses a potentially high risk of severe and/or long-term health damage for everyone, explicitly also for young people without previous illnesses. Severe courses have been reported that affected people who did not belong to a risk group. In addition, some people are treated in this practice who belong to so-called risk groups because of their age or because of pre-existing diseases. For them, an illness could, under certain circumstances, become life-threatening with a high probability. In any case, it is therefore important to counteract the risk of passing on the virus to patients, relatives and therapists as far as possible. In order to keep the risk of infection as low as possible for everyone involved in my practice, I depend on your support. The measures taken here to protect everyone are easily reasonable and very effective. They are therefore appropriate.
The - join now!
The app, which was developed and distributed on behalf of the Federal Government, can contribute to the early interruption of infection chains. Its use is voluntary, but the positive effect it can have will be greater the more people install and activate this app.
I myself have installed it on my smartphone.