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Update of Local Staff Training (27 January 2022)

Subsequent to the deliberation at the Central Committee on Infectious Diseases and Emergency Response (CCIDER) on 26 Jan 2022, taking into consideration the latest development of COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, face-to-face training programmes / events scheduled between 1 Feb and 28 Feb 2022 will be postponed or turned to Zoom / Webinar mode, except those training programmes which are time critical and essential to service and patient safety as tabled below. Further review on the training programme arrangement for Mar 2022 would be conducted in mid-late Feb 2022. Please contact respective training organizers for details.

 

Grades

Programs

Justification

Nursing Grade

Preceptorship for Newly Recruited Nurses

  • Simulation training for newly qualified nurses for hands on training / enhanced alertness on care procedures during pandemic

Specialty-related Simulation Training for Nurses

  • Infection control / infectious diseases related simulation training and training programs that cover airway management & complex medical emergencies for clinical staff

Various Grades

Resuscitation Training (AHA Basic Life Support Training)

  • Stipulated in the HA Guideline on Basic Resuscitation Training
  • Important for patient safety
  • Proposed resumption for newly recruited clinical staff only

 

In view of the latest development of COVID-19 situation, the Chief Infection Control Officer (CICO) Office had also reviewed and updated on the related infection control precautions for training activities as appended for your information and onward arrangement.

 

1. Staff including trainees and trainers, who are under quarantine order on the date of training, or who are currently required by the government to undergo COVID-19 testing, including the “Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons” under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599J) without a negative test, SHOULD NOT attend the training (Please take note on the latest health advice as announced by CHP before attendance) ;
 

2. Staff are required to have completed a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination for more than 14 days prior to the date of training, so as to minimise the infection risks of patients and staff in the hospitals, and should plan to receive the third dose of vaccine at least six months after the second dose to elicit a better immune response against variant strains of COVID-19;


3. No training activities allowed in high risk areas, e.g. isolation wards;


4. Basic infection control training for Health Care Workers should be completed within last 24 months and preferably COVID-19 related staff forum attended;


5. Advise staff, including trainees and trainers, to have self-temperature check before training activity;


6. Avoid attending if there are any symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose or other respiratory symptoms, loss of taste or smell or diarrhea;


7. Apply universal masking with surgical masks and enhance personal hygiene, especially hand hygiene and cough etiquette;


8. Provide alcohol-based hand rub for hand hygiene in the venues;


9. No drinking or eating allowed during activity;


10. Apply social distancing of at least 1.5 meter apart between attendees if applicable (or the latest advice as announced by Centre for Health Protection);


11. Enhanced environmental hygiene in training venues, especially (but not exclusive) frequently touched surfaces, e.g. doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, desks, remote controls, shared training materials etc;


12. Staff entering HA Head Office and administration blocks of public hospitals are required to use the “LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application to scan the venue QR code, except for exempted persons (persons who are aged below 12 or aged 65 or above; those with disabilities that render use of the app difficult; and individual persons granted with exemptions due to actual circumstances can complete a record form as registration).

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