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How to Take Off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Gear
When putting on or taking off Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), it's essential to follow proper procedures. Before caring for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, make sure you have adequate training on the limitations of PPE, proper care, maintenance and disposal.
To learn more, watch the video here and review the document below.
With the risk of COVID-19 infection, we encourage all members of our community to:
Best Hygiene Practices
In response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, employees are reminded to adhere to the following hygiene practices to maintain a clean environment:
- Wash hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, eating, and touching surfaces in public places.
- For proper handwashing techniques, click here.
- If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol, when coming into contact with door handles, railings or shared spaces.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth. Avoid shaking hands.
- Wipe down areas used before and after meal prepping and eating (break rooms, office spaces, etc.).
- Wipe down commonly used items such as cell phones, office phones, writing utensils, computer mouse and keyboard carried in and out of the home, stethoscopes, and BP cuffs, etc.
- Sneeze/cough into elbow/arm NOT your hands.
- Avoid using face masks, as they are not recommended for healthy individuals.
- Face mask protocols for frontline workers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html
- Utilize these same precautions when at home and in your personal life as you do in the workplace.
- Practice "Social Distancing" by staying at least 6 feet away from others.
- The White House Coronavirus task force recommended no gatherings of more than 10 people.
If an employee is sick, especially with the following symptoms, DNA asks that you remain at home until symptoms have subsided. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms, or a combination of symptoms, may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.
This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
High Risk Travelers
- Ongoing community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
- Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
- Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- All travelers should monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning from travel.
- Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends travelers returning to the state from New York, New Jersey or other states with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases to self-quarantine.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
What To Do If You Are Sick
If an employee is sick with the symptoms listed above, they are encouraged to:
- Self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Seek medical opinion at an Urgent Care, Emergency Room or Primary Care Physician. Please call ahead to explain your symptoms. (PLEASE call ahead before going to an office).
- Receive medical documentation that they are cleared to return to work.
- Healthcare employees are expected to follow the appropriate Call Off procedures including notifying their branch/recruiter and providing documentation for absences.
- Call 1-877-PA- HEALTH (1-877-724-3258), or your local Department of Health, for consultation, support services and guidance.
Return To Work Guidelines
- Please see the CDC guidelines for returning to work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/hcp-return-work.html
If COVID-19 spreads to one of our home health communities, a plan has been created and instructions will follow.
Until then, we encourage all employees to follow the above guidelines and practice effective hygiene techniques.
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