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Covid-19 Update: NCDC Published New Guidance For Rational Use Of PPE

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NCDC has published new guidance for health facilities on the rational use of personal protective equipment in the care of COVID-19.

Following the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, NCDC has published on her twitter handle the new guidance for health facilities on RATIONAL USE OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) IN THE CARE OF COVID19 CASES. 

This document guides health care workers, healthcare managers and IPC teams on the rational selection of personal protective equipment when handling a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Summary of key infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies to limit or prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in healthcare settings are as follows:

  1. Ensure early triage, recognition, and source control at the entry point of the facility:

  2. Application of standard precautions for all patients at the entry point of the facility:

  3. Implementation of empiric additional precautions:

  4. Implementing administrative controls:

  5. Use of environmental and engineering controls such as adequate spatial separation of patients, appropriate ventilation and appropriate cleaning of the environment

    Note: The choice and combination of PPE ensemble to be worn in dealing with COVID-19 patients should be based on a careful risk assessment that considers the risk of exposure and extent of contact anticipated with respiratory droplets, blood, body fluids, and/ or open skin. Where possible, it may also be advisable to bundle similar services to reduce inefficient use of PPE however the quest to minimise inefficient use of PPE should not come at the expense of standard protocols and precaution.

NCDC Published New Guidance For Rational Use Of PPE

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