World Patient Safety Day 2020
On 17 September 2020, the World Health Organization, international partners, and all countries celebrate World Patient Safety Day.
This year the campaign is focusing on Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety. It highlights the interrelationship between health worker safety and patient safety, depicted in the slogan ‘Safe health workers, Safe patients’.
World Patient Safety Day at Prague Fertility Centre
The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges health workers are facing globally. From the beginning of the pandemic, PFC has upheld the strictest health and safety measures at its facilities and we are glad that our entire staff has been healthy since the outbreak. We put the highest importance on the safety of our staff, from receptionists to coordinators, nurses, and doctors. PFC staff is required to wear a face mask at all times, wash hands, and disinfect office items regularly.
Patients coming to our clinic for IVF treatment are requested to show a negative COVID test (if they are coming from a high-risk country). They should also sign an affidavit confirming that they have no symptoms. We will measure their temperature, and they will be required to wear a facemask for the entire duration of their visit to our facilities.
We take all the necessary measures so that everyone coming to our clinic is safe. Patients can rest assured they will go through IVF safely at PFC.
One of our core staff members, a patient assistant, shared her thoughts about working with patients from around the world: “It is of course not easy working with people during a world pandemic, but we are all doing our best to keep the standards of safety and not let fear dominate our everyday life. I think that wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly is the best you can do. I don’t live with the fear of COVID, but of course, our facility is not a hospital where we work with infected patients. We do IVF, and here the patients need to make sure they are healthy as they are about to have a family”.
As the pandemic evolves, our entire team works with endless care towards the safety of our patients, who make the effort to travel from around the world under the current circumstances. Yet another proof that parenthood starts long before a positive pregnancy test.
We know how important this trip is for you. We know that going abroad for treatment means countless hours of planning. It also means putting your body through a lot, while at the same time gathering the financial means to be able to have the family you so much wish for.
How to prepare for IVF treatment in Prague during COVID-19
If you travel to PFC, Prague here is how to mitigate (but not eliminate) COVID-19 risks during travel (keeping yourself and us safe).:
- Contact your PFC coordinator or physician to learn about the current situation and plan accordingly.
- If you must fly (it carries more risks than driving a car), do it more safely. While everyone aboard a plane should wear a mask, your energies are better spent keeping six feet from others in airport lines than stressing out because you’re stuck in the middle seat. Given that HEPA filters capture 99 percent of microbes and thanks to new electrostatic disinfection, security and boarding areas are likely more of a concern than the planes themselves.
- Disinfect your hands after you’ve settled into your seat, and again before and after you touch your face, such as when you remove your mask to eat.
- Most airlines allow one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 ounces (about 350 milliliters) in a carry-on bag.
- Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons, and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer, or wash your hands afterward.
- Print your boarding pass at home. Instead of handing boarding passes to airport officers, place your pass (paper or electronic) directly on the scanner and then hold it up for inspection.
- Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Wear a mask.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid public transportation. PFC offers nearby accommodation to decrease commuting while in treatment.
We are all doing the maximum possible to stay safe and keep you safe as well.
Stay healthy, stay safe!