Getting the basics right is vital

Our response to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic has required immense focus, skill, and effort. 

We have achieved a remarkable amount in the past few weeks and should be proud of the work done across our service.  

Despite our focus on COVID-19, we need to make sure we keep our eye on the ball and follow correct processes and procedures in all areas at all times; to get the basics right. 

Here are several actions for you to take: 

  • Remember to perform timely risk assessments and implement strategies according to the result 
  • VTE prevention (all routine prophylaxis to be given at 1600 hrs) 
  • falls 
  • delirium 
  • nutrition 
  • pressure injuries 
  • Use our basic safety processes, including patient identification checks, the Six Rights of Medication Safetythorough handover and escalation to senior clinicians when required. 
  • Prevent slips trips and falls – store equipment out of walkways, wind up electric cords and leads, attend to spills immediately. 
  • Avoid being struck by/against equipment being moved or left unattended, such as beds, Gzunda, WOWs. 
  • Report for support  timely and accurate reporting of OVA provides you with the best support and helps prevent future incidents. 
  • Return all washable scrubs – place them in lime-green linen bags after every shift. 
  • Flu shots are mandatory for all our employees and are available – get yours for free now. 
  • Maintain good hand hygiene – this remains vital and cutting corners increases risk of transmission. 
  • Be mindful of your wellbeing  get support when you need it. 
  • Expect respect  everybody has a right to feel emotionally and physically safe, to be listened to and treated with respect and dignity. 
  • If you have an issue, concern or something that is causing you to feel stressed, anxious or uncomfortable, talk to your manager first – often they will be able to supply you with the information you are seeking and the support you need.


Approved by Kate MacDermaid and Carlos Scheinkestel 30/4/20 

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