In the event that a consumer needs to be isolated from others to prevent the spread of infection, the following steps will be initiated in the home:
- The consumer should be in his/her room with the door closed at all times.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be placed outside the consumer's closed door in a 3 drawer rollaway cart. These carts are to contain the following:
- Roll of extra red biohazard bags
- Roll of black garbage bags
A sturdy, trash container with a flip-top lid, will be placed inside the consumer's room and will contain the red biohazard bag. This trashcan should be designated with a biohazard sticker and be able to contain any biohazard liquids if the red bag has a leak.
Before entering the consumer's room, wash hands, and put on the appropriate PPE.
PPE should be put on in the following order per the CDC instructions for Sequence for Putting on PPE:
- Mask: surgical/medical facemask or N95 mask
- Eye protection: goggles/face shield
Before leaving the consumer's room, any soiled materials such as attends, wound dressings, O2 tubing, or other disposables should be placed in the red biohazard bag.
While in the consumer's room PPE should be removed in the following order per example 2 on the CDC instructions How to Safely Remove PPE:
- Gown and gloves
- Eye protection
After exiting the consumer's room, remove your mask.
Wash hands immediately after removal of PPE, preferably prior to leaving the consumer's room if a sink is available. If not, go immediately to the closest sink and wash hands thoroughly.
Some PPE items are reusable and should be kept after removal to disinfect/launder/treat. This includes N95 masks that are treatable by Battelle.
You may reuse your N95 mask throughout your shift. Prior to using for the first time label your N95 mask using a permanent marker with your name and code provided to you from CRSI prior to use. To reuse during your shift store in a paper bag with your name on it.
When done with your shift you must follow this process:
- Ensure there is no visual soiling or contamination, for example, blood, bodily fluids, makeup.
- Remove mask per example 2 on the CDC instructions How to Safely Remove PPE.
- Place your N95 mask in the collection bag at the designated collection station. Only put the N95 masks in the collection bag.
When the red biohazard bag is 2/3 full, it should be removed from the room and discarded. The following procedure for removal should be followed:
- Secure the top of the bag by tying the top together.
- Remove from the designated bin and place the red bag in a second black garbage bag and secure closed.
- This should be taken immediately to the outside trash dumpster.
Red biohazard bags should NEVER be carried through the hallways unless they are in a black trash bag.
Red biohazard bags should NEVER be placed on the floor or placed outside of the consumer's closed door.
Showering/bathing can be completed for any consumer as long as the bathroom is disinfected after each use.