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Andres Nino

Workplace Health & Safety Advisor -

Calgary Zone

Alberta Health Services

Office:587-774-7462

Andres.Nino@albertahealthservices.ca

Alternate WHS contact (physician line to WHS for COVID issues):  (587) 284-5302

 

*Visit AHS’ COVID-19 page for the latest updates and accurate information: ahs.ca/covid*

  

  1. Covid-19 MD Fit for Work Quick Guide

        

  1. Links & Information

    All students should be receiving regular email updates from the AHS Chief Medical Officer (will be coming from CMO@albertahealthservices.ca).  Please reference these emails for the most up to date information about issues related to the COVID 19 pandemic and effects on your activities in the health care workspace.

     

    AHS Resources

    Main AHS COVID information website – should be your starting point for all things related to the pandemic

    https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16947.aspx

    Some specific AHS links (available through the main page above, but can also be reached directly

     

    Self-Assessment for Health Care Workers

    This is a tool that you can use if you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID and need information or arrange for testing

    https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/HWAssessLanding.aspx

     

    Daily Fit for Work Screening
    All workers are required to present photo ID, conduct hand hygiene, and undergo fit for work screening prior to entering an AHS facility.  To expedite the screening process, the questionnaire can be completed on a personal mobile device using your AHS network account https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17076.aspx

     

    Hand Hygiene
    Effective Hand Hygiene remains critical for infection prevention and control.  Regular hand washing is necessary and hand sanitizer is available through AHS’s facilities.  Additional resources for hand hygiene are available online https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page6426.aspx.

     

    Personal Protective Equipment
    Students should make sure they have an up-to-date N95 fit test for equipment available within AHS or wherever they are seeing patients.  Proper donning and doffing is critical for using PPE effectively.  Donning and doffing video:  https://ahamms01.https.internapcdn.net/ahamms01/Content/AHS_Website/Information_For/if-hp-ipc-donning-and-doffing.mp4

     

    Parking
    Parking fees have been temporarily suspended at AHS facilities.  Staff are asked to continue to be respectful of the parking spaces allocated to visitors, emergency personnel, physicians, barrier free stalls, pick-up and drop-off zones, and fire lanes.  For updates on parking please check https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page12576.aspx.

     

    Managing Student Placements During Pandemic guideline

    https://extranet.ahsnet.ca/teams/policydocuments/1/clp-managing-students-placements-during-communicable-disease-epidemic-pandemic-guideline.pdf

     

    Cumming School of Medicine Resources

    UME Documents:

    UME Student Safety Policy

    https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/teams/4/Policies/S/Safety_Medical%20Students_March%2010%2C%202020.pdf

    https://extranet.ahsnet.ca/teams/policydocuments/1/clp-managing-students-placements-during-communicable-disease-epidemic-pandemic-guideline.pdf 

     

    University of Calgary Operating Standard:  Role of Learners During Large Scale Communicable Disease Outbreaks:

    https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/teams/6/policies/ROLE%20OF%20LEARNERS%20DURING%20LARGE%20SCALE%20COMMUNICABLE%20DISEASE%20OUTBREAKS.pdf

     

    Risk Management from U of C

    https://live-risk.ucalgary.ca/risk/PPE-FAQ

     

    PGME COVID info

    Resources that are directed towards residents, but may also be of interest to clerks
    https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/programs/pgme/covid19/resources/information 

     

    Department of Emergency Medicine COVID page

    https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/departments/emergency-medicine/resources/ed-covid-19-updates

     

    Department of Medicine COVID page

    https://www.departmentofmedicine.com/meoc-resources/

     

    Department of Surgery COVID page

    https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/departments/surgery/surgeons/covid-19

  1. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

    Webinars & Online Learning Modules

  1. Complete screening before coming to work. 

       

   

  1. Seeking Medical Attention and/or First Aid

       

These guidelines are intended to provide safety for patients, physicians and learners.  A secondary goal is to avoid the unnecessary use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by individuals who are not essential to the care of an individual patient.

  • Students will be subject to the daily screening process required for all health care workers
  • Students will be expected to continuously wear a procedure mask in all patient care areas and any other areas where physical distancing requirements cannot be achieved, as directed by the preceptor
  • Students will be expected to perform regular hand hygiene: alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) is the preferred method for hand hygiene; however, there are times when handwashing with soap and water is required or availability of ABHR is limited. Ensure friction and wet time for a minimum of 20 seconds when using soap and water
  • Students are expected to have completed both an online module (https://ecme.ucalgary.ca/covid-19-cme-resources/topics/ppe/) for training in the use of PPE and completed an observed practice session in the proper use of PPE
  • It should be recognized that students may require supervision in the use of PPE, particularly at the beginning of their return to clerkship and at the beginning of a new rotation
    • Whenever students are donning/doffing PPE they are encouraged to ask for observation and feedback (from any experienced health care provider)
  • Students will comply with all requirements for PPE for an individual patient as directed by the most responsible physician or preceptor
  • Students may provide routine care to patients with known or suspected COVID with the use of PPE as directed by the most responsible physician or preceptor
  • Students will not be directly involved with any patient that requires the use of an N95 mask on the part of the care provider
  • Students who are exposed to a patient with COVID-19 while not wearing appropriate PPE will complete the Healthcare Worker Self-Assessment form (https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/HWAssessLanding.aspx) to determine if testing is required, to receive further information and to determine if self-isolation is required
  • Guidelines for student involvement in patient care may change as the COVID situation evolves; communications will be directed from UME to all students and clerkship leaders when changes occur

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