aDVICE FOR CARERS
Necessary PPE required to be used by supporting staff when providing care:
Type IIR fluid repellent surgical mask
The above equipment will be provided to staff by the office. Care staff are to collect PPE from the office when required and to keep their masks safe and separate. Supporting staff are also to ensure that gloves and aprons are put in the service user’s houses for other care staff to have access to them when required.
Importance of hand and respiratory hygiene:
Please note that the use of PPE is only truly effective where it is combined with:
hand hygiene (cleaning your hands regularly and appropriately) and respiratory hygiene;
avoiding touching the face with your hands; and
following standard infection prevention and control precautions
Hand gels will be provided to all staff members from the office
New guidance released states that care workers can wear the same face masks when working continuously with clients. They should be discarded and replaced and not be subject to continued use in any of the following circumstances: if damaged if soiled (e.g. with secretions or body fluids) if damp if uncomfortable or causing skin irritation if difficult to breathe through Important information about Masks: They can be used for sessional use, but must be changed if they become damaged, soiled, damp, uncomfortable to use or if staff experience difficulties breathing through them. The mask must be carefully folded so that the outside surface is folded inward and against itself to reduce likelihood of contact with the outer surface during storage. They must be stored in a clean, sealed bag/box. Staff must practice good hand hygiene before and after removal.
How to wear PPE: Care staff must wear appropriate PPE when supporting service users. PPE will be provided by the office. There is a step by step guidance below on how you should wear your PPE: Wear your mask before entering SU property Ensure that you perform hand hygiene before putting on PPE Put on the apron and ensure you tie at the waist Don eye protection if required (at the moment we do not need to wear eye protection. If this changes all staff will be notified about this) Put on Gloves. How to remove PPE: Care staff must remove PPE after commencing care and dispose of it appropriately. PPE will be provided by the office. There is a step by step guidance below on how you should remove your PPE: Remove Gloves. Grasp the outside of the glove with the opposite gloved hand and peel off. Hold the glove that has been removed in the remaining gloved hand. Slide the fingers of the un-gloved hand under the remaining glove at the wrist. Peel the remaining glove off and discard appropriately in disposable rubbish bag. Clean and wash hands appropriately. Unfasten or break apron ties at the neck and let the apron slide down itself. Break the ties of the apron around the waist and fold the apron on itself . Do not touch the outside of the apron as this will be contaminated. Discard the apron in the rubbish bag. Remove eye protection if worn. Use both hands to handle the straps by pulling away from the face. Discard appropriately. Clean and wash hands appropriately. Remove mask after leaving the property.
iF THE iNDIVIDUAL BEING CARED FOR HAS cORONA vIRUS
If the individual receiving care and support has symptoms of COVID-19, then the risk of transmission should be minimised through safe working procedures.
Personal protective equipment
Care workers should use personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with 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 personal protective equipment must be used for each episode of care. It is essential that personal protective equipment is stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.
These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin.
Cleaning If care workers undertake cleaning duties, then they should use usual household products, such as detergents and bleach as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly. Personal waste (for example, used tissues, continence pads and other items soiled with bodily fluids) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin for disposal as normal.
Laundry If care workers support the individual with laundry, then they should not shake dirty laundry before washing. This minimises the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. Wash items as appropriate, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. If the individual does not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after the 7-day isolation period has ended; the laundry can then be taken to a public laundromat. Items heavily soiled with body fluids, for example, vomit or diarrhoea, or items that cannot be washed, should be disposed of, with the owner’s consent