Yes, this is already occurring in inpatient locations.
It has been reported that we have not had many positive inpatient cases, however physical health community staff are caring for numerous cases in care homes. Can you clarify this?
All cases are reported into Silver Command however there will be a clear differentiation between direct Trust cases and indirect care home cases.
Are we expected to isolate everyone and clean the ward like a cohort ward following the new guidance?
There is no requirement to isolate individuals that are not displaying symptoms and the ward can be cleaned in the usual manner.
What’s the longest time that the virus is believed to remain active outside the body at room temperature?
This is dependent on the environmental conditions and the material that the surface is manufactured from. Generally, it is indicated that the virus remains active for approximately 72 hours on hard surfaces but regular hand washing and cleaning will mitigate the risks.
Bedrooms are more likely to contain a high viral load as service users are spending lots of time in there sleeping or isolating and if they have the virus, this is where it is most likely being shed. PPE (mask, gloves and apron) should be …
Do we have any autonomy in identifying defined areas, outdoor clothes / PPE general population / shielded population units?
Yes as long as the PPE guidance is followed.
The Trust has a duty of care for patients and staff. If you test positive for COVID-19 and you have been in recent contact with colleagues and patients, your manager will need to inform colleagues that there has been a recent positive test and inform …
Is there a procedure that we should follow once a suspected case has been identified i.e. making sure that the service user stays in the room?
All staff should follow the standard operating procedure for inpatient areas in the case of Covid-19. This is available on the Trust coronavirus intranet page.
If a member of staff goes on sick leave with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, do all the staff have to be tested?
Only staff or service users with symptoms will be tested. Contact tracing is not required during this stage of the pandemic, although this guidance may change.
Only staff or service users with symptoms will be tested.
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