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COVID-19 PROTECTION AND TREATMENT

                                                                                                                             

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With the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic the entire world, not only healthcare workers, immediately increased their demand for PPE. Even governments across the globe who stockpiled for pandemics still found themselves short, due to poor planning and an inability to foresee the scale of PPE needed for what was coming ahead from the SARS-CoV-2 Virus. 

 HEIGHTENING PROTECTION WITH AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATE PPE:
                          
 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PPE USE:

• PPE must be worn correctly and remain in place for the duration of care.

• Perform hand hygiene before donning and after removing gloves.

• Always extend the glove cuff over the gown cuff to fully cover the wrist and limit exposure.

• If a respirator is not available, use a combination of a surgical mask and a full-face shield.

• PPE should not be adjusted (i.e. retying gowns, adjusting mask, etc.) during patient care.

• Remove and discard all disposable PPE into a sealed trash receptacle (disposable respirators/masks,       eye protection, gown, gloves, etc.).

• Unsoiled PPE can be discarded into general waste. Visibly soiled PPE must be disposed of as clinical/    infectious waste.

• Clean and disinfect reusable eye protection according to manufacturer’s instructions prior to re-use.


The WHO published health worker rights for employers and managers in health facilities as related to PPE:1

• Ensure that all necessary preventive and protective measures are taken to minimize occupational safety and health risks;

• Provide information, instruction and training on occupational safety and health, including refresher training on infection prevention and control (IPC) and donning and doffing PPE;

• Provide adequate PPE supplies (masks, gloves, goggles, gowns, hand sanitizer, soap and water, cleaning supplies) in sufficient quantity to healthcare or other staff caring for suspected or confirmed patients; and

• Understand and track PPE requirements and stock levels. Look at and manage usage accordingly.

 
COVID-19 has had a large impact on protection for healthcare workers. Download our newsletter to:
1. Review the impact the Sars-CoV-2 Virus has had on the global Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) demand and supply.
2. Explore peak body recommendations for PPE availability and preservation.
3. Examine PPE recommendations for standard and extra transmission-based precautions, and optimal PPE donning and doffing steps.

                                                                                                                             

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 REFERENCES
1. World Health Organisation CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) OUTBREAK: RIGHTS, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF HEALTH WORKERS, INCLUDING KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH. https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/who-rights-roles-respon-hw-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=bcabd401_0 Accessed 10th June 2020.