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Government SAGE calls for better PPE for healthcare workers

Healthcare workers may need higher grade masks and PPE when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, government scientific advisors have warned. A document from the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), published last week, suggested higher-grade PPE – such as FFP3 and other respirator masks – is used more widely amid growing…
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RCN urges Boris Johnson to step into PPE debate

Almost 20 healthcare bodies including the RCN have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for stronger PPE guidance amid emerging scientific evidence around the transmission of Covid-19.  The letter, dated 18 February, said measures to reduce airborne spread in healthcare settings have been ‘inadequate’, and called for an ‘urgent intervention’ to protect health workers, including…
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Social care without ‘anywhere near enough’ PPE early in pandemic

The Government’s decision to prioritise hospitals early in the Covid-19 pandemic left social care providers ‘without anywhere near enough’ PPE, a report has found. The Public Account Committee (PAC) publication, released today, said social care was ‘only taken seriously after the high mortality rate in care homes became apparent’. Between March and July 2020, it…
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Give care home staff a higher level of PPE

The GMB Trade Union is calling for all care home staff to have level 3 PPE that gives them better protection against Covid-19.    The ONS stats out this week show just how high the death toll is in care homes compared to the general population and inadequate PPE may be putting the lives of care staff at risk.  At present, most care staff wear standard surgical masks. But the GMB believes they…
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RCN calls for better PPE against new Covid strain

The RCN is demanding that nursing staff be given higher grade PPE as a precaution against highly infectious strains of Covid-19. It called for a review of infection control guidance and for all staff to receive the higher-grade PPE (known as FFP2/3 masks) routinely used in intensive care units. Nurses were concerned the standard face…
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BMA calls for more stringent PPE guidance for GP settings

The BMA has called for more stringent PPE guidance in primary care amidst ‘significant and growing concerns’ about aerosol transmission of Covid-19 in healthcare settings. In a letter to Public Health England, BMA chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said there needed to be an urgent review of PPE use to better protect those in general practice….
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Infection prevention and control guidance for Covid vaccine, including PPE procedures

As nurses will be carrying out much of the Covid vaccination work, Nursing in Practice has picked out key parts of the NHS’ novel coronavirus (Covid-19) standard operating procedure and Public Health England’s infection and control (IPC) guidance that should be useful for that.  PHE has told Nursing in Practice nurses must closely follow guidance…
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Government-procured PPE ‘potentially unsuitable’

The Government estimated 195 million items of PPE it had procured were ‘potentially unsuitable’, a report by the government spending watchdog has revealed. It comes as GPs in the South West of England told how they had been sent ‘used’ gloves, revealed by Nursing in Practice‘s sister title Pulse – the latest in a string…
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GP practices sent ‘repurposed bin bags’ to use as PPE

GP practices in Scotland have been sent ‘official’ PPE aprons made from ‘repurposed bin bags’. They expressed concerns that these may not meet infection standards and would prove unsafe for staff. Nursing in Practice‘s sister title Pulse has approached the Scottish Department of Health and Social Care for comment. GP in rural Scotland Dr Beth…
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Government portal to meet all GP PPE demands through second Covid-19 spike

GP practices will be able to secure all of their PPE through a second Covid-19 spike from the Government’s PPE portal, the Department of Health and Social Care has pledged. GP practices will be able to order an expanded number of items according to their patient numbers, based on ‘demand modelling’ carried out by the…
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