The Association of Celestial Medical Specialists (ASMS) and the New Zealand Nurses’ Organization (NZNO) are calling for mandatory rapid testing for all patients admitted to Auckland’s hospitals.
Unions representing the country’s doctors and nurses are demanding that patients admitted to Auckland’s hospitals be tested for code 19.
Paid Medical Professionals Association (ASMS) Executive Director Sarah Dalton said unions in the health sector have outlined their concerns in meetings with District Health Boards (DHBs) that staff face health and safety risks in hospitals such as Middlemore.
“We believe, as well New Zealand Nurses Organization [NZNO]That all patients should be tested for covid at admission, especially given the difficulty of assessing all covid symptoms with current screening methods.
Dalton said staff at Middlemore Hospital are doing well in difficult situations.
“However, there is a lot of pressure on hospitals to keep business at a normal level of 4, and this increases the additional risks surrounding the management of Covid 19.”
* At Middlemore Hospital, the patient reportedly tested positive for Covid 19.
* Cowed 19: Middle Mover Patient Who Tested Positively ‘Should Have Been Isolated’ – Bloomfield
* Cove 19: Auckland DHB staff said in a memo that they should not speak to the media.
Many hospitals in the country are already under pressure, Dalton said.
“What needs to be highlighted is that what happened in Middle Moore exposes the fact that many of our hospitals are old, have serious space constraints, and isolated facilities such as negative pressure rooms,” he said. Is missing. “
“Patients are usually placed in beds that are separated from the screen by joint circulation only. This potentially increases the risk of infected patients who share air circulation with uninfected patients.
Chris Hopkins and Ashley Bloomfield announced that 15 new Cowed 19 community cases have been found in Auckland.
This comes after this week’s news that 29 staff at Middlemore Hospital have been fired for 14 days after being identified as a close contact with a Cove 19 patient.
The man entered the emergency department Saturday evening. “Unusual” Covid 19 signs.Including abdominal pain.
Routine screening did not identify him as a code 19 threat and he was transferred from the Emergency Department (ED) to another short-stay ward before being taken to the surgical ward on Sunday morning.
When he was tested on the Covid 19, he. He was not isolated until he returned to work. On sunday afternoon
Kate Weston, NZNO’s Acting Nursing and Professional Services Manager, said it would support the introduction of mandatory rapid screening of all patients admitted to Auckland’s hospitals.
“My understanding is that a rapid test can be done in two hours and it can be acted upon,” he said.
Weston said such screening would be reasonable given the patient’s waiting hours at the hospital’s ED.
“Otherwise, we are only bringing patients and manpower to our hospitals under Code 19,” he said.
Weston said the investigation could continue until the health ministry is satisfied that there is no community transmission.
He said many staff members were forced to stand down. Middle Moore Hospital. It’s just putting extra pressure on existing staff and comes at a time when doctors and nurses are already struggling.
The Northern Region Health Coordination Center (NRHCC) did not respond to questions about the unions’ call for mandatory screening of Kovid 19 patients in hospitals.
A spokeswoman for County Manukau Health said she takes the health and safety of her patients and staff very seriously.
Middlemore Hospital is reviewing staff daily and, like other DHBs in the region, is facing a significant shortage of both registered nurses and healthcare providers.
A national process is underway in all DHBs to identify and send staff to Auckland to support the response to Cove 19.