COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

When providing close personal care in direct contact with the client(s) (e.g. touching) OR within 2 metres of anyone in the household who is coughing

Disposable gloves

Disposable plastic apron

Fluid-repellent (Type IIR) surgical mask

Eye protection

In situations where you are not providing personal care/ direct contact with clients OR within 2 metres of anyone in the household who is coughing it is a requirement to wear Fluid-repellent (Type IIR) surgical mask. All other PPE is highly recommended.

For complete guidance and their explanations follow the link below to the UK Governements guidelines.

PPE...

Do I need to do anything else to protect myself and others in addition to wearing PPE?

 

Yes. PPE is only effective when combined with:

  • Hand hygiene (cleaning your hands regularly and appropriately)

  • Respiratory hygiene (“catch it, bin it, kill it”) and avoiding touching your face with your hands

  • Following standard infection prevention and control precautions: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg139

  • Correct technique for putting on and taking off PPE

  • Safe disposal of used PPE

Are there circumstances when I should replace my face mask or eye protection before my break?

Yes. You should discard and replace a face mask and NOT continue to use it in any of the following circumstances:

  • If visibly soiled (e.g. dirty, wet with secretions, body fluids)

  • If damp

  • If uncomfortable or causing skin irritation

  • If difficult to breathe through

You must decontaminate reusable eye protection after each use and NOT continue to use it in any of the following circumstances:

  • If damaged

  • If soiled (e.g. with secretions, body fluids)

  • If uncomfortable or causing skin irritation

When removing and replacing PPE ensure you are 2 metres away from clients and other staff – see video on putting on and removing PPE.

Q&A...

The use of PPE alone is not enough to protect you!

  • Hand hygiene (cleaning your hands regularly and appropriately)

  • Respiratory hygiene (“catch it, bin it, kill it”) and avoiding touching your face with your hands

  • Following standard infection prevention and control precautions: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg139

  • Correct technique for putting on and taking off PPE

  • Safe disposal of used PPE

PPE is only effective when used in cojuction with...

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