We are constantly receiving updated directives from the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. To help keep everyone safe, please stay informed.
1. Prior to coming to work, check your phone (for any mass messages) and this page - save it as a bookmark on your device for quick & easy access.
2. When you arrive at work, check the bulletin board, Point Click Care and with the charge nurse for the latest direction.
Monitor yourself for symptoms.
If you develop symptoms: 1) Do not come to work and report to Barb/Jeri; 2) Go to an assessment centre for testing immediately; 3) Self-isolate.
More than ever, it is important that all staff stay calm, informed and continue to support each other and residents. Please refrain from communicating information informally to other staff, family members or the public. We are following specific communication protocol in place to make sure these individuals receive the appropriate information at the right time.
How to Clean Face Shields & Goggles
1. Remove gloves and wash hands.
2. Remove the mask, touching only the elastic (not the inside) and place on a paper towel.
3. To put it on again, wash hands, and put it on.
4. Use wipe to clean surfaces you touch.
5. Discard your mask at the end of the shift in the garbage container by the front door when exiting the home. Sanitize your hands afterwards.
While on break, please maintain physical distance (2 m) from others.
|Individual||Activity||Type of PPE or Procedure|
|Healthcare worker||Aerosol-generating medical procedures performed on suspect or confirmed COVID‑19 patients|| Airborne, Droplet and Contact Precautions,
N95 respirator (fit-tested, sealchecked)
Eye protection (goggles or face shield)
Negative pressure room, if available
|Healthcare worker||Providing direct care to suspect or confirmed COVID19 residents, including nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab collection||Droplet and contact precautions, including:|
|Healthcare worker||Providing CPAP and/or open suctioning to suspect or confirmed COVID-19 resident.||Droplet and Contact precautions using a N95 respirator when providing CPAP. Manage in single room with door closed. Keep the number of people in the room during the procedure to a minimum.|
|Environmental service workers||When entering the room of a resident suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19||Droplet and contact precautions, including:|
|Admin areas||Administrative tasks that do not involve contact with resident suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19||No PPE required.|
N95 MASKS are to be worn for any Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures: Tracheal intubation, CPR, open airway suctioning, bronchoscopy, autopsy, sputum induction, non invasive positive pressure ventilation for acute respiratory failure (CPAP, BiPAP, high flow oxygen therapy).
Collection of a a throat swab is not considered an aerosol generating medical procedure, so you can wear a surgical/procedure mask.
(From Public Health Ontario, "IPAC Recommendations for Use of Personal Protective Equipment for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19" - April 6, 2020)
Thank you to all the staff who were swabbed this week. I know this is not a pleasant experience, but the results will be important for us to know so we can keep everyone safe and healthy, and for public health to understand the level of risk and spread.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers and grandmothers on staff! And even if you aren’t a mother, we also celebrate you because you are doing the important work of supporting mothers & grandmothers - both fellow staff and our residents!
As always, if you have any questions, concerns, ideas or need some extra support, please reach out to your supervisor or Barb - we’re in this together!
FREE COVID-19 Training & Tools from AdvantAge Ontario (...including providing appropriate palliative care during COVID-19 on May 19, outbreak management on May 21, HR implications on May 26 and crisis communications on June 4)