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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – Wednesday 18 November 2020
Updated guidance on patient management and PPE
COVID-19 patient pathways and management guidance has been updated with the following key changes/reminders.
- COVID-19 guidance for patient pathways and management (v2)
- COVID-19 patient management (v4)
- COVID-19 PPE instructions (v12)
Updated versions can be found on our internal coronavirus intranet site. Please update all information you have available in your clinical areas.
Reducing the risk of COVID-19
We know we repeat this message on a regular basis however, we all have a personal and professional responsibility to protect each other to minimise the potential spread of coronavirus, regardless of whether we’re working in clinical or non-clinical areas of our hospitals and community settings.
This includes making sure we all follow social distancing measures, clean our hands regularly and wear surgical masks at all times within healthcare settings unless other PPE precautions are required eg. FFP3 mask.
If you are unable to avoid sharing a car journey with a work colleague, both members of staff must wear a surgical mask – even on a short journey – and wind the windows down to make sure there is ample ventilation.
Here is a quick reminder of what’s ‘Too close for COVID’:
It is also about the little things we can all do to keep each other safe and minimise the spread of coronavirus in the workplace. Some of these may seem obvious but when people are busy, they can easily be overlooked:
- Workspaces – please keep work surfaces clean (including door handles and phones) and desks clutter free. If you need to order disinfectant wipes for your own areas please discuss this with your line manager. If you are working at desks, please continue to check you are two metres apart from colleagues before removing your mask. If you are not two metres apart, you must wear a mask.
- DECT and desk phones – staff often pass phones to each other, particularly when they’re busy or on-call. Phones should be cleaned with Clinell wipes after every use. This also applies to mobile phones if you’re taking a call for a colleague.
- Laptops and other electrical equipment – some laptops and other IT / electrical equipment are shared between staff and so need to be regularly cleaned. Please do not use Clinell wipes as these can damage the keyboards and other parts of IT / electrical kit. Instead, please use 70% Alcohol wipes (eg. PDI Sani-cloth).
- Xerox printers – similarly some touch screen Xerox printers have been damaged by cleanly with overly wet cloths or wipes and have had to be replaced. Do not spray liquids onto the device or use wet materials – we recommend the use of 70% Alcohol wipes and do not rub the control strongly as it can easily scratch or crack.
- Eye protection – if you are wearing eye protection, please ensure it is regularly cleaned, even if it is your own. This is particularly important after patient contact and when you are leaving clinical areas. Please do not walk around with them on your head.
- Ventilate – please ensure you open windows toair rooms often, especially when there are more people in. This should be done every couple of hours and towards the end of every day.
- Food – Please be mindful of sharing food with each other, and when you are eating or drinking, make sure you keep two metres apart.
- Staff handbook – please remember this covers key areas for your information. As information can change so quickly, this is an electronic document which we will continue to review and update, and it is available on our HR Information page.
Staff can also access the handbook through their own PCs, phones and tablets, as well as work devices, but we would ask you to continue to refer to the Trust’s COVID-19 updates and the intranet for further advice and support as well.
Information for staff on skin care for hand hygiene and facial PPE
Using PPE and maintaining hand hygiene during the pandemic is extremely important to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
However, we know that wearing PPE and repeated hand cleansing can harm the skins integrity and lead to problems such as, redness, blisters, dryness and cracking of the skin.
We have put together a guide for staff to follow to look after their skin, and some suggestions for products you could consider which is attached to the email.
We also encourage you to print off this poster to put up in your area as a reminder on how you can look after your skin during this time.
Thank you for your ongoing support
Executive Control Group