COVID-19 Resources for Health Care Staff

The following are the most up-to-date health and safety resources for health care staff working and providing front-line services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The below resources and training videos are from the Mississauga Halton LHIN Regional Learning Centre and Public Health Ontario.

Hand Hygiene

Finger Nails:

  • Nails should be short and polish-free
  • Artificial nails of any sort should not be worn
  • If nail polish is worn, it must be freshly applied (within 4 days) and in good condition (no chips!)
  • Wearing rings and other hand/wrist jewelry should also be kept to a minimum

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

To be used according to your agency policies

Contact: Gown and gloves while providing direct care

Droplet: Mask and goggles when standing within 2 meters of a client

Gloves:

  • Not a substitute for hand hygiene
  • Use whenever hands may be in contact with blood, body fluids or contaminated surfaces
  • Put on gloves just before doing a task and remove them immediately after
  • MUST perform hand hygiene before and after using gloves
  • Single-use only
  • Used to protect the client and yourself

Putting on (donning) PPE

Steps:

  1. Perform hand hygiene.
  2. Put on gown and secure ties.
  3. Put on mask. Wear coloured side out. Make sure the mask covers your nose and nose piece fits firmly.
  4. Pull the mask down below your chin to fit it firmly around your face
  5. Put on eye protection.
  6. Put on gloves, placing them over the wrist of the gown.

Taking off (doffing) PPE

To prevent contamination, never touch the front of the PPE equipment

Steps:

  1. Remove gloves using glove to glove and skin to skin method.
  2. Remove the gown turning it inside out and rolling it up to discard.
  3. Perform hand hygiene.
  4. Remove eye protection by taking it from the back of your head.
  5. Remove mask by using ear loops or ties.
  6. Perform hand hygiene.

Poster:  Removing and putting on PPE

Best Practices for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Equipment/Devices In All Health Care Settings

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