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)
- pressure injuries
- Use our basic safety processes, including patient identification checks, the Six Rights of Medication Safety, thorough 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.
- You can also access our support services directly, such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) on 1300 687 327 or Call a Psychologist on 0418 905 414. Find more here https://coronavirus.monashhealth.org/health-and-wellbeing/
Approved by Kate MacDermaid and Carlos Scheinkestel 30/4/20