New international guidelines released on practice post COVID-19

20 May 2020

A group of 10 leading international aesthetic practitioners have created and published guidelines for preferred practice in an aesthetic clinic to protect clinic staff and patients from SARS‐CoV‐2 infection.

The paper titled ‘COVID‐19 Pandemic: Consensus Guidelines for Preferred Practices in an Aesthetic Clinic’ was published in the peer-review journal Dermatologic Therapy.

The consensus group who wrote the guidance include practitioners from India, the UK, the Philippines, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, and South Africa.

Consensus guidelines for ‘preferred practices' were provided for scheduling of patients, patient evaluation and triaging, and for safety precautions about the different procedures.

A 'consensus reached' was considered when at least 70% of participants agreed on the points discussed.

Procedures were categorised into low‐risk, moderate risk, and high‐risk based on the likelihood of transmission of SARS‐CoV‐2 virus from the patient to the treating physician or therapist.

Aesthetic practitioner Dr Nestor Demosthenous, one of the study authors from the UK, said, “These guidelines detailing the infection control measures for aesthetic clinics are of particular importance. While not intended to be complete or exhaustive, these guidelines provide sound infection control measures for aesthetic practices. Since guidelines regarding safety measures and use of PPEs may vary from country to country, the local guidelines should also be followed to prevent COVID‐19 infection in aesthetic clinics.”

He added, “Although cases of COVID-19 infection can happen despite strict measures, the infection is less likely to spread in aesthetic practices with the proposed infection prevention measures. We believe these guidelines are robust enough to keep patients and staff as safe as possible"

To read the guidelines, click here

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