MEDIA RELEASE: Immediate Action Required to Protect Seniors & Workers at Northwood Manor
- Lack of infection control measures to protect vulnerable seniors and front line workers ;
- Lack of appropriate PPE available on both units;
- Lack of consistent, thorough cleaning of these units;
- Clustering of both negative and positive seniors together on some units, making it confusing as to who is positive or negative;
- Lack of patient armbands to identify which patients require medications;
- Lack of “clean rooms” (a space that is not accessible to patients where staff can safely don PPE without risk of contamination);
- And lack of garbage receptacles to properly dispose of contaminated PPE, so workers must carry them through the unit, potentially contaminating “clean” areas.
- Allow these workers access to N95 masks, as these are COVID-positive units;
- Ensure PPE supplies are available at the entrance of each room, so staff are able to safely respond to a patient in crisis;
- An increased and sustained presence of Infection Control to educate staff and ensure protocols are being followed;
- Allow these units to develop a model of care and staff appropriately for patient ratio and acuity;
- Removal of humidifiers from all patient rooms;
- Ensure units are deep-cleaned by housekeeping and then maintained with regular cleanings per day;
- Establish clean rooms for donning PPE, charting and breaks;
- And provide yellow bags to ensure contaminated PPE is disposed of properly and ensure there are sufficient receptacles in each patient room.
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