thanks for the info, really helpful, I am working in NHS in somerset and am going to try and persuade our infection control that losing docotrs and nurses to active duty is not the only option!
I am in the process of returning to work in a rural area. I am working with a rehab specialist and infection control and occupational health. I worked full time in the ER, but infection control isn't allowing me to return to work their due to my compression garments for my lymphadema. I am attempting to get into contact with other infection control dept's that have dealt with issues like this before. Could you possibly send me some information re yours? Also, where I would be able to purchase a long cuffed disposable glove? I think it's ridiculous that I am the one who has to find this information for myself and not my employer, but here I am. Any information you can give me would be much appreciated.
My experience may help, although I suspect it depends on the specific job and the infection control team. I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) who is undertaking a phased return to work in the NHS following cancer treatment. I have lymphoedema which I manage with a compression sleeve and glove. The majority of my clinical work takes place in an outpatient setting. I undertake aseptic procedures, dressing changes, patient assessments, and education. Occasionally I have to review patients on wards.
Before I was allowed to return to clinical practice the OH department required that I had a risk assessment performed by an Infection Control Nurse (ICN). I thought this was going to be the end of my clinical career and that redeployment was on the cards. Following an assessment of my practice the ICN made practice specific recommendations. These can be summarised as follows:
Entering a ward: wear a long cuffed disposable glove over the compression glove, use alcohol rub to sanitize both hands.
Patient examinations: wear disposable oversleeve and long cuffed disposable glove (ensure cuff is over the top of the oversleeve). Sanitize before and after, then dispose of glove and oversleeve. New oversleeve and glove required for each patient review. Wear a clean long cuffed glove if writing notes in a ward environment.
Aseptic procedures: disposable oversleeve and non-sterile long cuffed gloves (sanitized) to set up trolley. Remove gloves, don sterile gloves and perform the procedure. Remove sterile gloves and disposable oversleeve after each procedure.
It is a bit of a pain, but it does mean that I can stay in my current role. I carry a supply of long cuffed disposable gloves and oversleeves with me so that I do not get caught out by unexpected patient reviews.
I know the information I have given is quite specific to my role, but it does show that it may be possible to continue some clinical duties.