In recent days the number of positive COVID-19 cases has increased within Victoria. As there are active cases present in Cardinia Shire Council and the City of Casey; effective Monday 22 June, all Monash Health employees involved in outreach work that involves visiting people’s homes or workplaces in those two areas must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) equivalent to Tier 0 – Surgical masks.
Outreach healthcare workers include Hospital in the Home employees, Rehabilitation in the Home, and all other community and mental health programs.
To ensure you remain confident with the level of PPE required, I encourage all employees to read and familiarise themselves with the PPE information and refresher training details on our COVID-19 employee website.
In addition to PPE, please remain mindful that Standard Precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient. You can access training on LATTE, simply search ‘Standard Precautions’ in the Course Catalogue.
Simply put, please remember:
- Proper hand hygiene.
- Use the appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when droplet precautions are indicated, if there is any risk of exposure to body fluids, or if you are unsure.
- Always take a moment to risk-assess the situation before any patient contact.
- If you can’t assess the situation, it’s better to be prepared with PPE – “if in doubt, don’t go without”.
To maintain your personal safety and that of our patients and colleagues, we must continue to adhere to physical distancing where possible and environmental cleaning (including mobile phones).
Remember, you must not attend work if you are unwell, and if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you must get tested and self-isolate. This approach is the same for us all across any level of the organisation.
Approved by Andrew Stripp, Chief Executive