Physician Practice

Cold weather is here; get your clinic in gear

Medical Environment Update, November 2, 2019

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By John Palmer

As we enter the month of November, leaves won’t be the only thing falling.

For many parts of the country, November is when the first snowflakes of the year are expected along with the first taste of cold winter air.

Some might find it a welcome respite from the heat of summer, but for others it can be a real danger—especially the homeless and elderly who either can’t find shelter or are sensitive to cold weather.

The cold weather can engender many dangers that can injure your patients, your employees, and the reputation—and financial well-being—of your health clinic if not properly handled.

It’s a lesson to employees that healthcare safety officials pull out of the bag every year—and it’s largely the same advice. Nevertheless, when the weather turns ugly and cold, it’s a discussion you must have with your workers, especially if they are new to the game or otherwise unprepared for the ice and snow.

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