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Safety practices and recommendations in government elderly care homes for the prevention of COVID-19

Authors:

Amila Chandrasiri,

University of Melbourne, Australia, AU
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School of Population and Global Health
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Shiromi Maduwage,

Ministry of Health, LK
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Youth, Elderly & Disability Unit
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Dilhar Samaraweera,

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Ministry of Health, LK
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Geriatric Unit
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Upuli Perera ,

University of Queensland, AU
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School of Public Health
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Lushanthi Kannangara,

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Ministry of Health, LK
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Geriatric Unit
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Maheshi Wijayandara,

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Ministry of Health, LK
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Geriatric Unit
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Prasad Thilakarathne,

Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Ministry of Health, LK
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Geriatric Unit
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Lashmini Wijerathne

University of Coventry, GB
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Global Health Care Management
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Abstract

Introduction: The COVID- 19 related mortality in elderly care facilities is a known challenge in many countries.


Objectives: To assess the safety practices among elderly care homes during COVID-19 outbreak


Methods: A secondary analysis of a survey in elderly care homes done among 19 randomly selected elderly homes in Southern Province. Guidelines used in Australian and United Kingdom were reviewed for the recommendations.


Results: Measuring body temperature among staff was not practised in more than 50% (n= lO) homes. Other safety measures are practising among more than 50% homes. Availability of hand sanitizers and face masks are more than 50% (n=13; %=63%). Availability of thermometers is very low. According to reviewed guidelines, the two countries have identified common important steps in prevention and control.


Conclusions & Recommendations: Residents and staff should be strictly advised to adhere with safety measures more logistics and trainings should be provided.

How to Cite: Chandrasiri, A., Maduwage, S., Samaraweera, D., Perera, U., Kannangara, L., Wijayandara, M., Thilakarathne, P. and Wijerathne, L., 2021. Safety practices and recommendations in government elderly care homes for the prevention of COVID-19. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 27(4), pp.477–482. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v27i4.8413
Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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