Patient Care

Are all members of staff entitled to the personal protective equipment that is stored in their area?

Answer

Yes. To ensure the safety of staff, personal protective equipment is available in the various locations where patients receive care.

Should I wear my surgical mask with the blue side out or the white side out?

Answer

The correct way to wear this mask is with the blue side—and the black strip—facing outwards.

This mask also has foam padding at the upper edge, on the reverse of the black strip. Once this padding is placed directly onto the skin, the blue side will be facing outwards.

For face-to-face encounters in clinics where infants are vaccinated, what is the recommended PPE?

I am a nurse and I work at a CLSC in Famille Enfance Jeunesse. For face-to-face encounters in clinics where infants are vaccinated, what is the recommended PPE? So far, we have been advised to use a surgical mask only. Is this correct?

Answer

Yes, surgical mask only.

In the area where COVID-19 patients are treated, do nurses on rounds have to wear a uniform?

In the area where COVID-19 patients are treated, do nurses on rounds have to wear a uniform? If so, who provides it?

Answer

Guidance on uniforms and gowns is available  on the CIUSSS intranet site. However, please note that uniforms are provided only at the Jewish General Hospital.

Can we collect food donated by patients' families and packaged in containers that can be disinfected at the entrance to the hospital?

Many patients have stopped eating and this affects their physical condition. To improve their well-being, it might be helpful to give them meals prepared by their families. Also, is hygiene useful for items such as toothbrushes, underwear and money?

Answer

At the moment, we are not able to accept home-cooked meals, because staff are too busy tending to the needs of a great many patients. At the same time, it can be difficult to ensure that food is prepared and distributed safely. Arrangements are in place to ensure that patients have access to everything necessary for their personal hygiene.

Can you remind us who should wear PPEs (and which ones) and in which situations they should be worn?

We have had a lot of information about using PPEs. Can you remind us who should wear PPEs (and which ones) and in which situations they should be worn?

Answer

The  attached PDF provides an overview of this equipment.

Why are the partners or companions of pregnant women no longer allowed into delivery rooms, while parents can visit newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit?

Answer

The presence of partners or companions during childbirth in the Birthing Centre was banned, as a result of several incidents that put the health of other patients and staff at risk. No similar incidents have been reported in the NICU. As long as this situation continues in the NICU, there is no need to take measures beyond the provincial guidelines.

I’m a nurse in a clinical setting. Am I supposed to change my gown after each encounter with a pediatric patient?

I’m a nurse in a clinical setting, and when I see obstetric and pediatric patients, I wear a surgical mask. However, some of my colleagues have asked why I also wear a disposable gown when in contact with pediatric patients. Is this okay, and am I supposed to change my gown after each encounter with a patient?

Answer

In a pediatric setting, you should take the additional precaution of wearing a gown if the child has COVID symptoms, or if your routine includes a procedure in which you risk being exposed to bodily fluids, such as changing a diaper.

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