Protecting Older Australians – Emergency PPE deployment to Western Australian residential aged care facilities

Advice for Western Australian residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to remain alert and prepared for a potential outbreak of COVID-19.

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Subscriber announcement
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Health sector

Western Australian residential aged care facilities (RACFs) should remain alert and prepared for a potential outbreak of COVID-19.

RACFs:

  • hold primary responsibility for planning, preparedness, prevention and response to COVID-19 outbreak within your facility
  • should develop, maintain and test a robust and current Outbreak Management Plan to ensure preparedness in the event of an outbreak
  • lead and manage implementation of the Outbreak Management Plan in response to an outbreak
  • support the safety, care and wellbeing of residents and staff as required by legislation
  • should regularly communicate with residents and their representatives.

To assist facilities with their preparedness and in recognition of increasing levels of COVID-19 across the state, the Australian Government is deploying emergency personal protective equipment (PPE) packs to RACFs.

PPE is a vital component of effective outbreak management and having both the right types and amount of stock on-hand, as well as a place to safely store it and access it quickly is crucial.

Distribution of the PPE packs is expected to commence in the coming days and will be allocated to RACFs based on the number of residents as detailed in the following table:

Residents assumed for pack size Proposed pack for 1 week surgical masks n95 masks total gloves gowns Face shields and googles Total number of pallets for order

 30

Extra small

 900

 2,050

 7,800

 1,450

 2,050

 4

 50

Small

 1,100

 2,450

 7,900

 1,850

 2,050

 6

 70

Medium

 1,300

 3,100

 8,200

 2,350

 2,200

 8

 110

Large

 1,600

 3,650

 10,750

 2,650

 2,650

 13

 200

Extra large

 2,000

 4,500

 12,400

 3,350

 3,250

 23

It is recommended that RACFs plan ahead to ensure that they are able to receive and store the quantities listed above. If you have any concerns with the deliveries or you do not receive your pack by 31 March 2022 please email: wa.covidsupport@health.gov.au.