Chief Executive COVID-19 Update: 31 March – Personal Protective Equipment

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As of 8am today, Monash Health is treating seven CO​VID-19 positive patients; five at Monash Medical Centre (two in ICU) and two at Dandenong Hospital. Our screening clinics have tested 5,226 people.

As case numbers rise and we prepare for what may lay ahead, now is the time to ensure that you understand when and how to use Personal ​Protective Equipment (PPE).

I recognise that the variation in opinion on the use of PPE, together w​ith general media misinformation, is causing unnecessary confusion and anxiety.

The information below is the latest and most credible advice for Monash Health employees developed by an expert group consisting of:

  • Rhonda Stuart – Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Epidemiology
  • Anjali Dhulia – Chief Medical Officer
  • Katrina Nankervis – Chief Nursing Officer
  • Carlos Scheinkestel- Executive Director, Quality and Safety
  • Tony Korman – Director, Infectious Diseases
  • Claire Dendle, Rupa Kanapathipillai, Ben Rogers – Infectious Diseases physicians
  • Mark Adams- Director, Anaesthetics
  • Neil Goldie – Director, Emergency
  • Brendan Murfin – ICU

Use of Personal Protective Equipment

  • ​Monash Health has four tiers of PPE:
    • Tier 0 – Surgical masks for all patient contact
    • Tier 1 – Droplet and contact precautions
    • Tier 2 – Airborne and contact precautions
    • Tier 3 – Airborne and contact precautions (High risk)

It is unhelpful and wasteful to differ from these guidelines. It is also likely to create unnecessary anxiety amongst your co-workers.

Please make PPE training a priority to ensure you are able to protect yourself, our patients, and your colleagues.

Andrew Stripp

Chief Executive​

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All managers are requested to share these updates with their teams and discuss at stand-ups and handovers. Please print a copy and display it in communication books and on employee noticeboards. 

As advice and information evolve, please consult the latest updates and visit the Department of Health and Human Services and Monash Health COVID-19 website for employees regularly for the latest.

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