Specific Protocols for Program Areas

Protocols for: On-Campus Skills Labs and Clinical Experiences

This page will provide information for specific experiential learning opportunities. It will be updated as additional protocols are established by various colleges and departments.

  • College of Podiatric Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Applied and Technical Studies protocols and scenarios include:
On-Campus Labs
  1. Labs should be clear of clutter. Supplies that are not being used should be placed in storage (as much as possible).
  2. Students, faculty and staff will wear cloth face coverings or university-approved face coverings into the building and while in the classroom/campus lab setting.
  3. Physical distancing guidelines will be followed at all times when possible. If closer distance is required for the particular activity, limit interaction and wear facial covering and gloves.
  4. Students, faculty and staff must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering the lab and as appropriate while in the lab.
  5. The number of students in the lab at one time will vary depending on the size of the lab. Suggested numbers: no more than 10 plus the instructor. (A suggestion was made to have students assigned to the lab in their clinical groups to decrease the number of student contacts). See recommendations from facilities managers for occupancy rates specific to your buildings/classrooms/labs).
  6. Any instruction (lecture/skills demonstration) that is needed related to the lab should be provided either remotely prior to campus lab or in a classroom where physical distancing can be practiced prior to entering the lab.
  7. Students should only bring necessary belongings with them to campus. Belongings will be secured in a designated storage area while students are in the lab.
  8. No food or drink is allowed in laboratory setting.
  9. Students should supply their own stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs or other faculty-designated supplies. Students will sanitize their own personal equipment upon completion of laboratory activities.
  10. While learning/practicing procedures in the lab, students will don cloth or surgical facial coverings and gloves. N95 masks are not necessary.
  11. Disposable gowns will be used when a procedure may involve contact with bare skin. Gowns and face shields will be worn when there is a potential risk of splashing during a skill.
  12. Breaks must be provided every two hours for campus labs that extend beyond two hours.
  13. The lab and any equipment will be sanitized by faculty/staff between student groups using approved cleaning agents. Gloves and facial covering will be worn when using cleaning agents.
  14. Linen should be kept to a minimum. When the laboratory activities include contact with linen, all linen will be changed at the end of the day and laundered according to campus procedures.
  15. When the laboratory session has concluded, students should gather their other belongings and exit the building. Designated spaces that were used to store students’ personal belongings will be sanitized after the student has exited.
  16. Any student who is ill should NOT attend the campus lab and must reschedule at a later date as instructed by the faculty (without consequence). Refer to the fifth principle of the Flashes Safe Eight.
  17. Standardized patients may be used. “Patients” must wear cloth facial coverings or university-approved face coverings and gloves. Physical distancing should be practiced as much as possible.
Simulation Labs
  1. The same policies that apply to the laboratory setting will apply to simulation.
  2. Simulators should be cleaned according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
  3. Society for Simulation in Healthcare (www.ssih.org) can be utilized as a resource.
Clinical Experiences
  1. Students must wear cloth facial coverings when entering and exiting a facility.
  2. While caring for patients, students and faculty will follow the facility’s protocol.
  3. Students may be assigned to patients in isolation, including those with COVID-19.  Students assigned to COVID-19 positive patients must be provided the same PPE as the staff providing care to the patient. 
  4. Instructors / facility staff will use discretion when assigning COVID-19 positive patients to students.
  5. Students who are not comfortable providing care to COVID-19 positive patients, should inform the clinical instructor / preceptor and a different assignment will be provided.
  6. Respiratory Therapy students may care for COVID-19 positive patients on a ventilator.
  7. Students should wear gloves when touching patients in addition to standard precautions.
  8. Proper handwashing is critical.
  9. Students who are ill must not attend clinical and should contact the faculty or instructor for further instruction regarding missed clinical time. Students should refer to the course syllabus for specific information.
  10. Faculty/clinical coordinators will make regular contact with the clinical sites to ensure the protocols are being followed.
  11. At the end of the clinical experience stethoscopes, pen lights and other personal items will be cleaned.
  12. Students and faculty should minimize bringing personal items to the clinical site.

Even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, students must continue to wear appropriate PPE.

Flashes Safe Eight:  www.kent.edu/coronavirus/flashes-safe-eight

  • Always Wear Your Face Covering
  • Wash Your Hands Frequently
  • Clean and Sanitize
  • Stay at Least 6 Feet Apart
  • Monitor Your Health Every Day
  • Have Questions? Reach out
  • Flashes Take Care of Flashes
  • Get Vaccinated!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Coronavirus: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

References:

- Belk, W., Shablak, D. (Host). (2020, April 10). Cleaning and Disinfecting with special guest Nick Brauer [Audio podcast episode]. In SimGeeks. https://simgeekspodcast.podbean.com/

CDC Considerations for Higher Education: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/consid...

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