EAP and COVID-19: Return to Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers
AuthorGovernment of Ireland. Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health
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Other TitlesReturn to Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 Specific National Protocol for Employers and Workers
AbstractWe are all confronted with a situation that was unimaginable a few short weeks ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted severely on every part of our society and our economy. In the face of this, the biggest challenge we have encountered in decades, Irish people have almost universally stepped up to the plate and adhered to the strict guidelines put in place by the Government, following the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Response Team (NPHET). Because of this strict adherence to the rules, we have all contributed to the progress that Ireland has made in containing the spread of COVID-19 and, in so doing, we have saved lives. Now, because of the progress made, we are beginning to move to the next phase in reducing the spread of the virus, while starting to gradually re-open our economy and our society. In doing so, we still need to make sure that we adhere to the rules of the new way of living and working, so that we maintain the gains we have made, and continue to suppress the spread of the virus. Work is a key part of life and most of us want to return to our jobs as soon as possible. But we need to get back to work safely.
Table of ContentsA. Introduction ....ii ; B. Protocol for Employers and Workers Regarding the Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace ...1 ; C. Employer-Worker Engagement, Communication and Training...2 ; D. Background .....3 ; E. Getting Back to Work – Steps for Employers and Workers to Reduce Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace...5
DescriptionIrish Government Document on Return To Work Policies
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EAP and COVID-19: Work Safely Protocol: COVID-19 National Protocol for Employers and WorkersGovernment of Ireland (2020-11-20)The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every part of Ireland’s society and economy. In the face of this, the biggest challenge we have encountered in decades, the people of Ireland have universally stepped up to the plate and adhered to the strict guidelines put in place by the Government, following the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). We have all contributed to the progress that Ireland has made in containing the spread of COVID-19 and in so doing we have saved lives. However, our continued progress in reducing the spread of the virus remains challenging. We collectively and individually need to continue our efforts to keep the virus under control. The revision of the Return to Work Safely Protocol has become necessary to ensure that it reflects the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID- 19 as well as updating the public health advice available since its first publication. This revised document is now called the Work Safely Protocol. It continues to be designed to support employers and workers to put infection prevention and control (IPC) and other measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The Work Safely Protocol also covers the measures needed to both ensure the safe operation of workplaces and the re- opening of workplaces following temporary closure due to local and regional restrictions.
Reducing disability via a family centered intervention for acutely ill persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: Protocol of a cluster-randomized controlled trial (Fam-FFC study)Boltz, M.; Kuzmik, A.; Resnick, B. (BioMed Central Ltd., 2018)Background: Hospitalized older persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are at greater risk for functional decline and increased care dependency after discharge due to a combination of intrinsic factors, environmental, policy, and care practices that restrict physical and cognitive activity, lack of family involvement and limited staff knowledge of dementia care. We have developed a theory-based intervention, Family centered Function-focused Care, that incorporates an educational empowerment model for family caregivers (FCGs) provided within a social-ecological framework to promote specialized care to patients with dementia during hospitalization and the 60-day post-acute period. Primary aims are to test the efficacy of the intervention in improving physical and cognitive recovery in hospitalized persons living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) and improving FCG preparedness and experiences. Method: We will implement Family centered Function-focused Care in a cluster-randomized trial of 438 patient/FCG dyads in six hospital units randomized within three hospitals. We hypothesize that patients who receive the intervention will demonstrate better physical function, less delirium occurrence and severity, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and depression compared to those in the control condition (Education-only). We also hypothesize that FCGs enrolled in Family centered Function-focused Care will experience increased preparedness for caregiving, and less strain, burden, and desire to institutionalize, as compared to FCGs the control group. We will also examine the costs and relative cost savings associated with the intervention and will evaluate the cultural appropriateness of Family centered Function-focused Care for families from diverse backgrounds. Discussion: Our theory-based intervention makes use of real-world applicable approaches in a novel and innovative way to change the paradigm of how we currently look at acute care and post-acute transitions in persons with ADRD. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov, ID: NCT03046121. Registered on 8 February 2017. Copyright 2018 The Author(s).
Implementing a Locator Protocol to Support People Living with Human ImmunodeficiencyScott, Katherine; Hammersla, Margaret (2019-05)This quality improvement (QI) project implemented and evaluated a locator protocol in an urban hospital to community transitional care program for persons living with HIV to minimize the number of people lost to follow-up. Background: In the United States over 50% of people living with HIV (PLWH) are not engaged in HIV care. Individuals not engaged in HIV care do not have access to combination antiretroviral therapy, prophylactic medications or medical services which increases their risk of morbidity, mortality, and HIV transmission to others. Local Problem: The HIV population in Baltimore is highly transitory with high rates of substance use and mental health disorders, and homelessness. An urban HIV organization in Baltimore, Maryland connects PLWH who are newly diagnosed or out of care to medical care. Clients are enrolled in the transitional care program during hospitalization and staff initiate individualized care plans to address barriers to care and provide support services. After discharge from the hospital clients receive 90 days of intensive case management including home visits, transportation to medical visits and connection to resources. During enrollment in this program, up to 50% of clients may be lost to follow-up at various time points because phone numbers are disconnected, or client transience. Intervention: A locator protocol tool was developed and initiated to collect detailed social and personal information from clients in the transitional care program to minimize the number of clients lost to follow up. Inclusion criteria included consented clients age 18 or older who were newly diagnosed or out of care for HIV for at least six months and had 1 of the following: unstable housing, substance use and/or a mental health disorder. Questions in the locator protocol included local hang outs, identifying a person of trust who could be contacted in case the client was not found, programs, agencies or businesses frequented, and dwelling locations including shelters. Community health workers (CHW) completed the form with clients at the bedside before discharge from the hospital. The locator protocol was initiated if a client missed a medical appointment or when the CHW could not locate a client via phone or address. Results: Twenty clients were enrolled in LTC+ from September 10 to December 17, 2018. Outcomes: 1) Seventeen (85%) clients completed the locator protocol. 2) Clients were frequently lost and then found again with the locator protocol. 3) Thirteen (76%) were actively retained in care. Conclusions: People who have unstable housing, substance use or mental health disorders struggle to maintain their health in traditional medical care models. The locator protocol centralizes client information and standardizes internal protocols which results in more consistent communication between staff and clients. The more detailed social and personal information collected, the longer and more likely staff stayed in touch with clients and got them to appointments and engaged in HIV care.