Protective Gears For Healthcare And Nursing Staff Engaged In Coronavirus Treatment
The COVID-19 disease is in its way of killing thousands and destroying the world economy in the near future. Originating from a cause, completely unknown to mankind, this virus was first invented in the Wuhan city of Hubei province in China. The World Health Organisation has already declared it a pandemic and named it as SARS-CoV-2. The coronavirus disease shows similar symptoms to the SARS virus of 2003 as they are genetically linked to one another. The common symptoms of the COVID-19 are fever, shortness of breath, cough and breathing issues. In more severe cases it can even cause severe respiratory illness, pneumonia and even death.
Globally, the cases of Coronavirus victims are skyrocketing, with most infections happening in China. But currently, it can be seen that the pandemic is spreading way faster in the United States and in some countries of Europe. Without the invention of any vaccine as of now the only option that is left to us is to try our level best to stop the spread of this deadly disease. Any measures that we take, be it big or small is responsible for slowing the spread of the virus.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has already started spreading across the US, hospitals and the medical facilities are now facing urgency and difficulties to keep their healthcare and nursing staff safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already stated and advised all the health care and nursing staff to wear proper protective gears to avoid exposure while dealing with potential or confirmed Coronavirus patients. The list of protective gears suggested by CDC are as follows-
- All the nursing staff and healthcare workers when in contact with COVID-19 victims must wear PPE to resist the contact from the transmission of airborne pathogens.
- FFP2 and FFP3 i.e. face shield or masks must be used for the protection of eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Completely waterproof and long-sleeved gown and gloves should be used to avoid further contamination.
- In case of any shortages of the availability of high-level N95 masks, the healthcare workers should wear at least a surgical face mask for protection.
- Health care workers and nurses should strictly follow the safe removal of PPE in a perfect sequence.
- Cleaning and sanitization of the hands should be performed immediately after the removal of PPE.
- All the nurses and health care staff must use dedicated and if possible disposable medical items such as thermometers, cuffs for measuring blood pressure and stethoscopes.
Quality assurance has to be followed and hospitals or medical facilities must have proper documentation of training courses to ensure their health care staff and nurses have proper competency in the right use of personal protective equipment.
Due to the current pandemic and the national emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated different strategies and plans for all the nursing schools and Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) in order to get prepared and respond to the current COVID-19 disease. Erudite Nursing Institute being a non-traditional online nursing school, has been offering different accelerated nursing programs and a 90-hour certification course on emergency preparedness and response training to cope up and fight the battle against COVID-19 and overcome all the obstacles that are inherent to the traditional nursing schools.
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