SPECIAL BULLETIN – MARCH 25, 2020
|New Cases||Today's Total Cases||Cumulative Total|
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Personal protective equipment (PPE) in direct care areas
The Ministry of Health now requires that all staff, medical staff and contracted staff who have direct contact with patients, clients and residents wear surgical/procedural masks, eye protection and gloves when providing direct care to patients, clients and residents across Providence Health Care.
Over the next couple of days, we will allocate masks and gloves and prioritize eye protection to highest risk areas. More supplies will be arriving - additional information will be provided at tomorrow's scheduled all-staff, virtual town hall.
WHO DOES THIS APPLY TO?
- All staff, medical staff and contracted staff with direct contact with patients, clients and residents in acute care, critical care, long-term care and community care.
- This guidance does not apply to staff who are not providing direct care to patients, clients and residents.
WHAT IS THE UPDATE?
Your safety and that of our patients, clients and residents is the highest priority for Providence Health Care. From an abundance of caution, we require all health-care workers with direct contact with patients, clients and residents to now wear surgical/procedural masks, eye protection and gloves when providing direct care to patients, clients and residents.
- Surgical/procedural masks
- Please don (put on) your mask at the beginning of your shift.
- You do not need to change your mask between patients.
- Change your mask if it is visibly soiled, damp, damaged for safe use and immediately perform hand hygiene.
- Avoid touching your mask unnecessarily. If you must touch or adjust your mask/eye protection, perform hand hygiene If you see a colleague touch or adjust their mask/eye protection, remind them to perform hand hygiene.
- Change your mask during breaks and when leaving the patient care area.
- N95 respirators must be used for aerosol-generating medical procedures only.
- Eye protection
- Face shields/goggles to be used throughout the shift with appropriate cleaning protocols at shift end.
- If face shields or goggles are unavailable, safety glasses can be used with the same cleaning protocols in place.
- IPAC information on cleaning and disinfection of eye protection is available here.
- Gloves must be changed between patients. Gloves do not substitute for hand hygiene - perform hand hygiene both before putting gloves on and immediately after removing the gloves.
- Additional guidance
- Follow additional infection prevention control precautions as appropriate for the clinical scenario. Additional recommendations and guidelines are available here and on the rest of PHC’s COVID-19 Staff/medical staff website.
- All health care workers and staff who have direct contact with patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must engage in routine droplet and contact precautions, which includes a gown.
- For Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMPs), staff should observe airborne, droplet and contact precautions
- Remember the key goal is to protect patients and yourself is good hand hygiene at all times.
WHY THE CHANGE?
The reason for the change in protocols at this time is that the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak has changed:
- Previous cases had identifiable risk factors, including travel outside of Canada
- As COVID-19 has spread in the community, some cases no longer have identifiable risk factors
- All patients with respiratory illness are now at risk of having COVID-19
If you have any questions, we encourage you to participate in our all-staff, virtual town hall taking place on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10 a.m.
To join the virtual town hall, please click on the link below:
VCH/PHC - TOWN HALL WEBCAST - MARCH 26, 2020
OR please email COVIDemail@example.com.
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
- PHC Staff/Medical Staff/Researcher/Volunteer Website: COVID-19 updates
COVID-19 BULLETIN - PHC STAFF / MEDICAL STAFF /RESEARCHER /VOLUNTEER COVID-19
REMINDER: Please direct all media inquiries to Providence’s Communications & Public Relations team.
Elaine Yong, Senior Communication Specialist, Media Relations
After-hours media line: (604) 312-3547
Questions or Concerns?
If you have questions or concerns, please email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and resource links:
PHC has a website for staff, medical staff, and researchers to address concerns, questions, protocols and guidelines around sick-leave and compensation-in-lieu for COVID-19. Click here to view the website. This website will be updated daily and is accessible from work and home on your mobile or desktop devices. THIS SHOULD BE YOUR SOURCE OF TRUTH FOR INFORMATION.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.