Changes to PPE in Birth Suites

Commencing Wednesday 28 October, the updated Monash Health PPE guidelines will be in effect to reflect the precautionary measures required with the reduced prevalence of COVID-19.

One important change will be to the PPE worn in Birth Suites across Monash Health sites.

The prevalence of COVID-19 in pregnant women has been low at Monash Health. With over 5,000 births at Monash Health between March and September, only 12 pregnant women were diagnosed with COVID-19. Only three of these women tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of their pregnancy.
No Monash Health midwives or obstetric employees have tested positive to COVID-19.

These figures give us some context, during a period when the number of active community cases was considerably higher than the current numbers.

It is recognised that the PPE requirements in our Birth Suites and Theatre need to align with a similar approach. This is to achieve timely care for women and provide safe and effective care when transitioning between the two clinical areas should the need arise to do so.

The changed PPE approach is outlined in a handy diagram you can download here.

We remain mindful that in the event of increased prevalence of COVID-19, then the precautions and processes may change to accommodate and mitigate the level of risk commensurate with community numbers.

Further information has been provided by the DHHS and can be found at the link here.

Approved by, Andrea Rindt, General Manager Women’s & Newborn Program and Moorabbin Hospital

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