The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally including health care associated infections, violence, stigma, psychological and emotional disturbances, illness and even death. Furthermore, working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to errors which can lead to patient harm. Therefore, the theme of this year’s World Patient Safety Day 2020 is:
Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety
Safe health workers, Safe patients
Call for action:
Speak up for health worker safety!
On 17 September 2020, the World Health Organization, international partners and all countries will commemorate World Patient Safety Day. The objective of World Patient Safety Day 2020 campaign is to raise global awareness about the importance of addressing health worker safety as a prerequisite to patient safety.
NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG takes the welfare of its staff seriously especially through this uncertain period. The CCG created a Covid-19 bulletin for its staff which provides important updates and dedicated places for staff to go to for both mental and physical health and well-being support. Some of these sources which can be accessed by anyone can be found below:
Advice & Guidance Sources
NHS Health Advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ NHS 111 Online Symptom checker: https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/
Government Guidance: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
Local NHS service change information: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/public-info-covid-19
Wellbeing Support: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/staff-support
As we know, current government guidance tells us we must wear a face covering in specified public settings, for helpful tips and advice regarding choosing, wearing and cleaning your mask please see the following guidance:
WEARING A FACE MASK
A single cough can produce up to 3,000 droplets. There are fears Covid 19 virus can also be spread simply through speaking. One recent study showed that we can spray thousands of droplets invisible to the naked eye into the air just by uttering the words “stay healthy”. Once out of our mouths, many of the larger droplets will quickly settle onto nearby surfaces while smaller ones remain suspended in the air for hours, where they can be breathed in. In the right conditions, the virus can linger in the air for several hours and still infect people if breathed in.
An unpublished analysis of 318 outbreaks of Covid-19 in China showed that it was most commonly transmitted in indoor environments, particularly in people’s homes, but also on public transport, in restaurants, cinemas and shops. They found just one example where the virus appeared to have been transmitted while people were outside.
One of the reasons why is so important the public should wear face masks with Covid-19 has to do with the prevalence of asymptomatic carriers who can still spread the virus to others. It is estimated that anywhere from 6% to almost 18% of those infected can carry the virus without developing symptoms. Add to this an incubation period of around five days, but up to 14 days in some cases, before symptoms develop and even those who do go on to show signs of being contagious can spread the virus to a lot of people before they start to fall ill. A standard surgical face mask is enough to considerably reduce the amount of virus escaping in the breath and coughs of people infected with different respiratory viruses, including a mild type of coronavirus, influenza and a rhinovirus that causes the common cold.
FOLLOW THESE FIVE GUIDELINES TO PROPERLY WEAR YOUR FACE MASK
Wash your hands before and after touching the mask
Touch only the bands or ties when putting on and taking off your mask.
Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin. If you adjust the mask to cover those areas, wash your hands before and after.
Make sure you can breathe and talk comfortably through your mask.
When taking your mask off, close your eyes to prevent anything from your mask going into your eyes. Wash reusable masks after each use. If the mask is disposable, dispose of it appropriately.
TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS, AVOID THESE SIX COMMON MASK-WEARING MISTAKES
We do not recommend wearing bandanas, gaiters or masks with exhalation valves as face coverings.
Don’t touch your or your child’s mask while it is being worn.
Don’t wear the mask under your chin with your nose and mouth exposed.
Don’t leave your nose or mouth uncovered.
Don’t remove the mask while around others in public.
Don’t share your mask with family members or friends.
Useful links for World Patient Safety Day 2020:
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Links to promote your Health and Well-being
NHS BMI Calculator
NHS Weight loss plan
NHS Advice for Underweight Adults
NHS The Benefits of Exercise
NHS Live well, exercise more
NHS advice on Calorie intake
NHS advice on your 5-A-Day
NHS advice on Sugar in your diet