Vancouver (News 1130) – The BC Nurses Union says inconsistent Kavid-19 protocols at various hospitals in the province are putting patients and staff at risk.
Christine Sorensen, president of the union, said visitors would no longer be shown before some intensive care facilities were offered.
In addition to reports of such instances at Lions Gate in North Vancouver and Vancouver General Hospital, he also had complaints from other health areas.
Sorensen added, “This is an inappropriate application for telling people to wear masks, to use hand sanitizers and we are seeing a growing number of cases in the community.”
“Nurses are concerned. Visitors to our healthcare facilities can bring Kovid to the hospital. “
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He said viewers need to be questioned about why the nurses are there.
“And the nurses are in a very difficult situation, trying to protect themselves and their patients.”
Staffers, including Vancouver Coastal Health, have confirmed that required visits are limited to one person per patient per day but screeners will no longer be permanently at each entrance.
“The health and safety of our staff, clients, patients and residents remains a top priority for Vancouver Coastal Health and we will continue to provide improved infection control measures to protect them,” the health authority said in an email.
“All VCH facilities are limited to the number of visits required on the instructions of the Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Officer and the Chief Medical Health Officer of the VCH. VCH’s current inspection policy was recently updated to clarify how a scheduled visit is scheduled, “it added.
“This guideline is in place throughout VCH, however, our patient populations and their needs may vary significantly. Therefore, caring teams can interpret the inspection guidelines based on the best interests of the patient / client / resident and the ability to adjust the inspection.
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All staff, medical staff, and contract staff who communicate directly with patients, clients, and residents wear surgical masks, eye protection, and gloves for direct care of patients, clients, and residents throughout Vancouver Coastal Health.
“This guideline does not apply to staff who do not provide direct care to patients, clients and residents.”
The union is lobbying WorkSafeBC to further protect workers contracted from the carnivirus.
Last week, updates to the Workers ’Compensation Act were introduced to increase the amount of maximum annual wages in the case of benefits, and to provide a statement of the impact of suffering in the workplace.
Changes include rapidly tracking the delivery of benefits for viral pathogens.
The board of directors of WorkSafe is considering adding COVID-19 to the list of occupational diseases and will vote on it at the end of the month.
WorkSafe’s BC numbers show that 144 registered, licensed practical and nursing coordinators have applied for COVID contracts in the workplace. The next hard-hit professions are Care Acids and Ordlice, 91 claims filed.
The designation of COVID-19 as an occupational disease led the employee to conclude that the illness had been treated at work.