Back to Practice—Post-Session Protocols

Post-Session Checklist

Immediately following a session, it is important to consider how you prepare for room sanitation. It is also imperative to have a follow-up plan in place for open communication regarding any COVID-19 symptoms displayed by you or your clients after the session.

Practitioner Sanitation Protocols

  • Upon leaving the treatment room, immediately undergo your handwashing protocol while the client dresses. Do not touch or adjust your face covering. Wash hands thoroughly, up to the elbows, using WHO guidelines for best practices
  • Do not remove your face mask until you’ve taken payment for services and the client has left. If you must handle cash, check, or credit cards, do so using a pair of disposable gloves. Once the client leaves, dispose of the gloves, and remove your uniform shirt or apron, folding it in on itself and keeping the soiled surfaces inside. Place in a lidded container for daily laundry removal and wash hands before next removing your face mask carefully for additional uses. Finally, redress in a clean shirt.
  • Hand hygiene after removing PPE or clothing is particularly important to remove any pathogens that might have been transferred to bare hands during the removal process. If hands are visibly soiled, use soap and water before applying alcohol-based hand sanitizer. For the removal of masks, the CDC says you must wash your hands both before and after removal. (See more PPE guidelines in blog post)
  • Begin room sanitation.

Post-Session Client Interaction

  • Have a post-session check-in with client 2–3 days later to ask typical session-follow-up questions, but also to ask about their overall health. Create a protocol that a client will call you and you will call a client if either start showing any apparent COVID-19 symptoms.

News

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Benefits

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—MLD: Basic Techniques for the Neck and Face

Gain an understanding of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) movements and the location of important lymphatic structures as you watch Nicola McGill’s dynamic demonstration of three MLD techniques and MLD sequences for the neck and face. Learn about this important modality that, when provided effectively, can support and enhance the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels and eventually back to the cardiovascular system.

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Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic form of bodywork that enhances and supports the movement of fluid through the lymphatic system to support health and well-being. Developed by Danish therapists Emil and Estrid Vodder in the 1930s, MLD is now practiced extensively by health and wellness practitioners and is used within the medical community to treat lymphedema and post-surgical and post-traumatic edema. Join Nicola McGill in this engaging course to learn the benefits, indications, and mechanics of this gentle, effective modality.

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—Lymphatic System: An Essential Guide to an Underrated System

Join us for a fascinating look at the underrated lymphatic system, with special emphasis on its structures and functions. Learn the vital role each of the system’s components plays, including lymphangions, nodes, trunks, ducts, and the glorious cisterna chyli. We’ll also look at various lymphatic-related pathologies, including lymphangitis, lymphoma, cardiovascular and traumatic edema, and lymphedema.

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