The world has recently been shaken by the COVID‐19 pandemic. All industries have been affected and have had to change the way people work and provide services. This presentation will focus on the chain of infection transmission and the ways to break that chain in relation to seating and mobility.
Participants will be provided with information related to routine, contact, droplet, and airborne precautions. Additional precautions required during the pandemic will be compared with routine practices during non‐pandemic times. Special attention will be paid to proper handwashing techniques and methods. Examples and case studies will include components of assessment and decision making related to the use of an appropriate level of protection and PPE. Pathogens will be classified according to the required methods of infection control. Discussion about engineering controls related to the reservoirs of infection will touch on the latest available technologies related to seating and mobility.
The participant will be able to describe all the 6 links of the chain of infection transmission and the ways to break it.
The participant will be able to identify at least 3 routines and at least 2 additional practices recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The participant will be able to list at least 3 modes of transmission requiring use of the PPE (personal protective equipment) and additional precautions.
Anna Sokol, RN, MN, BScN, BScKin is the Invacare® Matrx® Clinical Education Specialist for Canada. Anna is a Registered Nurse with Emergency, SCI Rehabilitation, Diabetes, and Pediatric Orthopedic experiences. As a front-line nurse, Anna worked during multiple respiratory outbreaks and provided triage and acute care at the hospital. In the community setting, she was accountable for the infection prevention and control and occupational safety of the rehabilitation clinicians, nurses and unregulated care providers. Based in Canada, Anna has a wealth of experience related to communicable diseases and use of personal protective equipment. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, she serves as a resource for seating and mobility partners and answers many questions related to customer and employee safety.