After assessing the situation, the ESW/JSW will be able to select the most appropriate actionable steps to protect themselves from exposure to communicable disease. The strategic action phase is both linear and fluid, allowing the ESW/JSW to move “up” and “down” the steps as required to maximize their self-protection.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- PPE is chosen and worn based on the potential or actual IPAC threat identified through the situational assessment.
- PPE is useless unless it is available, easily accessible and worn properly.
- Each emergency and justice service is responsible for providing their workers with effective PPE for their duties, roles and functions.
The effective management of LDPI is an important principle in IPAC. In some instances when there is discretionary time, the ESW/JSW will have more capacity to manipulate the LDPI than in those involving non-discretionary time.
ESWs and JSWs should always be aware of the LDPI in their everyday work environments and their power to manipulate it to their advantage in creating and promoting a safe work environment whenever possible.Cleaning & Disinfection
Cleaning and disinfection is the process of cleaning any visible dirt and/or soiling off of reusable equipment, and then disinfecting the equipment to render it safe for further use. Cleaning must be performed consistently and well in order to ensure disinfection can take place.
Each ESW/JSW should check the policies and procedures of their organization and manufacturers’ instructions to ensure they are using the supplied cleaner/disinfectant properly.
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