Coronavirus: PPE, Cleaning & Laundry

Coronavirus: PPE, Cleaning & Laundry

Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK, we understand some people may be concerned about the safety of our service users and workforce.

The health and safety of our workforce and service users is of the utmost importance to us and we are constantly reviewing, to ensure we continue to provide a safe and effect service for our customers.

We would like to thank each one of our care workers who has worked with us to sustain care delivery during the past few days- you are all doing a fantastic job at supporting each other and our service users.

It is important that our workforce follows the below, to protect themselves and our service users.

Personal protective equipment

• Care workers should use personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, personal hygiene and contact with bodily fluids.

• Aprons, gloves and fluid repellent surgical masks should be used in these situations. If there is a risk of splashing, then eye protection will minimise risk.

• New personal protective equipment must be used for each episode of care. It is essential that personal protective equipment is stored securely within disposable rubbish bags

• These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within the room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin.

Cleaning

• If care workers undertake cleaning duties, then they should use usual household products, such as detergents and bleach as these will be very effective at getting rid of the virus on surfaces. Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned regularly.

• Personal waste (for example, used tissues, continence pads and other items soiled with bodily fluids) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags.

• These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste within your own room. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in the usual household waste bin for disposal as normal

Laundry

• If care workers support the individual with laundry, then they should not shake dirty laundry. This minimises the possibility of dispersing virus through the air

• Wash items as appropriate, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions

• Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. If the individual does not have a washing machine, wait a further 72 hours after the 7-day isolation period has ended; the laundry can then be taken to a public laundrette

• Items heavily soiled with body fluids, for example, vomit or diarrhoea, or items that cannot be washed, should be disposed of, with the owner’s consent.

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