A group of 10 international aesthetic practitioners from India, the UK, the Philippines, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and South Africa, 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.
Strict infection control measures in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic are expected to remain for an extended period. In aesthetic clinics, most procedures are provided on one to one basis by the physician or therapist. In such a scenario, guidelines detailing the infection control measures for aesthetic clinics are of particular importance.
An online meeting of an international group of experts in the field of aesthetic medicine, with experience in administration of an aesthetic clinic, was convened. The meeting aimed to provide a set of consensus guidelines to protect clinic staff and patients from SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Consensus guidelines for ‘preferred practices’ were provided for scheduling of patients, patient evaluation and triaging, and for safety precautions about the different procedures. Procedures were categorized 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.
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.
- Krishan Mohan Kapoor MCh, DNB, MBA (INDIA)
- Vandana Chatrath MD (INDIA)
- Sarah Gillian Boxley MBBS FRACGP FACAM (AUSTRALIA)
- Iman Nurlin MD (SWEDEN)
- Philippe Snozzi MD (SWITZERLAND)
- Nestor Demosthenous MBChB, MSc, BSc (UK)
- Victoria Belo MD (PHILIPPINES)
- Wai Man Chan MD (NORWAY)
- Dr Nicole Kanaris MBBCh (SOUTH AFRICA)
- Puneet Kapoor MD, MBA (INDIA)