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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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To all IHPC Home Health Aides and Employees:

Subject:  Corona virus 2019, otherwise know as “Covid 19” precautions

 

As we all know, the Covid 19 is a concern for everyone worldwide.  It is however, important that those in the home care setting are not fearful, but rather proactive in our preparedness and take every precaution that is available to keep ourselves and our clients safe and healthy.

 

All IHPC caregivers are required to acknowledge they have read and understand the following CDC recommendations and will adhere to all items until further notice. 

 

The following is the Feb, 2020 CDC (Center for Disesase Control) recommended precautions for caregivers in the non healthcare settings;

  • Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as by an air conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitize that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • You and the patient should wear a face-mask if you are in the same room.

  • Wear a disposable facemask and gloves when you touch or have contact with the patient’s blood, stool, or body fluids, such as saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine.

    • Throw out disposable facemasks and gloves after using them. Do not reuse.

    • When removing personal protective equipment, first remove and dispose of gloves. Then, immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Next, remove and dispose of facemask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid sharing household items with the patient. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items. After the patient uses these items, you should wash them thoroughly (see below “Wash laundry thoroughly”).

  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.

    • Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

  • Wash laundry thoroughly.

    • Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.

    • Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after removing your gloves.

    • Read and follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In general, using a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine instructions and dry thoroughly using the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.

  • Place all used disposable gloves, facemasks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after handling these items. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Discuss any additional questions with your state or local health department or healthcare provider

 

IHPC Employee Policies (UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

  • Discontinue all use of cloth type hand towels.   Use paper or disposable.

  • Disposal of all masks, gloves, paper towels, wipes should be disposed of in a separate trash bag marked “Disposable products”

  • Upon the start of each shift- Wash or sanitize your hands. 

  • Upon the start of each shift- Wipe down all surfaces, door handles, faucets, etc with cleaning spray or wipes.

  • During your shift - Periodically wash or sanitize your hands and surfaces as needed.

  • IMPORTANT:  If you are running a temperature or have other flu like symptoms, you are not to come to work.  Contact IHPC immediately so that we can work on replacement staff. 

  • All IHPC Employees are REQUIRED to notify IHPC ADMIN immediately if you have knowingly come into contact with someone who has contracted the COVID-19 virus.

  • All IHPC Employees are REQUIRED to notify IHPC ADMIN immediately if you have traveled outside the U.S.A. in the past 30 days or plan to travel outside the U.S.A. during 2020.

IHPC is working with each client to provide & deliver the appropriate supplies needed by Wednesday March 11th such as disposable gloves, face masks, hand sanitizers, wipes and paper towels.  In the meantime use whats ever available in the home 

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For additional info on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
please visit the following link. 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf