OUTBREAKS OF COVID-19 IN CARE HOMES: INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES
Barnet UNISON has received a large number of concerns from careworkers who, now, like NHS staff are caring for individuals who have become infected with Coronavirus.
All care settings MUST comply with the advice set out by Public Health England. Please contact us if you are working in a setting where these minimal standards are not being adhered to.
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“Droplet precautions, isolation and personal protective equipment (PPE):
- Care homes are not expected to have dedicated isolation facilities for people living in the home.
- Isolation precautions should be implemented in the same way care homes operate for influenza.
- A resident’s own room can be used if isolation is needed, ideally a single bedroom with en-suite.
- If this is not possible, discuss the option of cohorting with your local PHE health protection team.
Staff should use PPE for close personal contact with a symptomatic resident or bodily fluids.
- Aprons, gloves and fluid repellent surgical masks should be used in these situations.
- If there is a risk of splashing, then eye protection will minimise risk.
- New PPE must be used for each episode of care.
- On leaving the resident’s room, PPE should be removed, and hand hygiene performed immediately, as per standard infection control precautions.
- Isolation may end after 7 days from illness onset, so long as the case feels better and has no fever.”
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