COVID–19 – Stage 4 – Action Plan Update (5) – PPE Changes
We have received information from the NDIS Quality
and Safeguards Commission on August 14 alerting us to “updated
Victorian DHHS guidance about eye protection and P2/N95 respirators”. In
response we have updated our COVID-19 Action Plan as follows.
Step 1 – Immediate Action
As shown in table 2 below the latest DHHS guidelines detail which type of additional PPE needs to be used “when clients do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) risk factors or have been cleared of coronavirus (COVID-19)”
we have contacted the NDIS National
Medical Stockpile and the DHHS Community Services PPE Request Team
seeking additional PPE supplies. Unfortunately, both organisations were unable
we have been able to purchase additional supplies of disposable surgical face masks
and face shields. When we receive these supplies, we will immediately send each
Hearth support worker a pack containing
Support workers should be able to access gloves from the
participant as we have previously sent all participants 200 Nitrile gloves in
our care pack. If you cannot access gloves whilst on shift please advise the
team at Hearth on firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will do our best to assist.
Please note that whilst on shift Hearth support workers must wear the appropriate PPE as detailed in table 2 below at all times.
Step 2 – Follow up Action
The DHHS have also advised in table 1 below “PPE to use when clients have coronavirus (COVID-19) risk factors”
Should a participant fall into this category we have
developed an “emergency care pack” containing
These will be despatched as required. Should you require an emergency care pack please contact your relationship manager as soon as you find out one is required, and we will despatch it immediately.
As always, we are here to help if you need any kind of
assistance please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Hearth
Team and we will do our best to assist.