Monday 22/6/20 UPDATE - Alert Level 1 Work Conditions
New Zealand is now in Alert Level 1 and it is highly unlikely that any COVID-19 is circulating within our communities. However, it is still important to utilise proper Infection control precautions. This means:
• Before starting any appointment with a client, you MUST ask the client whether they are experiencing ANY type of respiratory illness. This includes mild cold-like symptoms, severe flu-like symptoms and everything in-between.
• Advice for the use of PPE is explained in the attached one-page document. In most cases washing of hands is enough, except for when dealing with bodily fluids; in the case of bodily fluids, you MUST wear disposable gloves and a mask. If the client displays any symptoms of illness, they should also wear a mask.
• COVID-19 may no longer be present but it is still important that illnesses that are harmful to the health of the elderly and vulnerable do not have the possibility to spread.
CLICK HERE to view Alert Level 1 PPE instructions.
Monday 18/5/20 UPDATE – Changes to PPE Guidelines
The Ministry of Health have made a slight change to the PPE Guidelines to be consistent with Alert Level 2 guidance. In particular this relates to the need to maintain physical distancing from others. Previously the required distance was 2-metres. This has been changed to a minimum of 1-metre. This includes all clients and others not in your bubble.
CLICK HERE to view the latest Ministry of Health Guidelines.
Wednesday 29/4/20 UPDATE – PPE Use
While moving to Level 3 is a positive for us all, it remains important that PPE is used correctly. To ensure you are using PPE correctly, please take a time to watch this short (less than five minutes) video from Auckland DHB on how to correctly put on and dispose of PPE.
CLICK HERE to watch video.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
For the safety of its clients and staff, VisionWest Home HealthCare has chosen to follow the Ministry of Health guidelines on the supply and use of PPE. We have adequate stocks of PPE and Support Workers will be contacted about its distribution.
This page contains information about the supply and proper use of PPE. It will be updated with new information as the need arises.
The official Ministry of Health guidelines regarding PPE are shown in this poster. CLICK HERE to view.
Attached are a number of resources that will help you over the coming days:
ppe use for comm care 15 May 2020 (177 KB)
Daily Covid-19 Guide 22 April 2020 (118 KB)
PPE poster (203 KB)