COVID-19 GGH Update May 14

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Starting with the positive

For years, Rev. Nancy Collett would perform the “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony as a part of Nurses Week. While Nancy is no longer with us, her blessing seems as timely as ever:

God blesses your hands for service.
May you also receive the vision to see the eyes of hearts and the courage to persevere in difficult times.
May all whose lives touch come to know the love of their Creator.
May that same love be a consolation to each open to receiving it.
May each undertake their ministries with hands that are blessed with spontaneity and are meticulously reliable.
Go about your duties, renewed and refreshed, dedicating your hands, your hearts and your sense of self to bring healing to all you meet.
Knowing that as you do you are blessed and you are a blessing to all you care for.

Reporting on COVID-19 activity in staff and patients

Total number of staff tested to date275
Total number of staff with a negative test result to date236
Current number of staff with a positive test 1
Number of staff results pending10
Number of staff who tested positive and are now recovered28
Total number of staff with a positive test result to date29
Number of current in-patients who have tested positive7

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What’s new?

PPE guidelines update
On May 10, Ontario Health provided a third update on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic Recommendations. The guidelines built upon the previous versions and helped to address some frequently asked questions. The guidelines were developed by a team of experts convened to respond to urgent issues surrounding personal protective equipment (PPE) and included expertise from health system leaders in infection prevention and control (IPAC), infectious diseases, occupational health and safety, primary care, long-term care, home and community care, acute care, emergency medicine, and engineering.

Updates include :

  • The document has a new section with information on performing a point-of-care risk assessments (PCRA).
  • Updated recommendations on the use of PPE in long-term care facilities (with the addition of retirement homes) and home and community care
  • Updated considerations for the use of surgical/procedure masks
  • Updated strategies for PPE conservation
  • Aerosol-generating medical procedures list updated was updated to include non-AGMPs

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Resources and Supplies

Oxivir Wipe supply shortage
Due to the unstable supply chain and constantly changing availability of Oxivir TB Wipes, Materials Management now needs to implement an allocation model of this valuable disinfecting product. Our inventory is running down and our most recent order was met with a back-order notice and no estimated time of arrival for delivery.

The Regional Allocation Committee via Ontario Health West recently endorsed an allocation formula – Disinfectant Wipes – 160ea (1 canister) per six patients per day. This is in line with our actual 14-day average usage and will be used to guide Materials Management in how many disinfectant wipes will be issued to a department per day.

By limiting distribution, our current inventory will last longer which reduces possibility of running out before the next delivery. As a backup wipe, we do have an inventory of the less-preferred Clorox wipes.

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