|Title:||Central Supply of N-95 Particulate Respirator Masks for use in Emergency Situations, Disease Outbreaks and Human Epidemics|
|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 1825/04|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 12 August 2004|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The purpose of this Operational Circular is to inform health care workers of the recommended procedure to be followed in the event of an emergency situation such as a disease outbreak or human epidemic.|
|Period of effect:||from 12 August 2004|
|Authorised by:||Dr Shirley Bowen, Director, Communicable Disease Control Directorate, 04-Aug-2004|
|Print version:||View print version|
Central Supply of N-95 Particulate Respirator Masks for use in Emergency Situations, Disease Outbreaks and Human Epidemics
This Operational Circular is designed to advise Department of Health staff on Departmental policies and procedures.
The purpose of this Operational Circular is to inform Health Care Workers (HCW) of the recommended procedure to be followed in the event of an emergency situation such as a disease outbreak or human epidemic.
In view of the recent Avian Influenza and SARS outbreaks in neighbouring countries the Department of Health has implemented measures to ensure that it can respond immediately in providing N-95 Particulate Respirator masks to Health Care Facilities (HCF) across the State.
A contingency model has been devised by the State Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Committee and the Communicable Disease Control Directorate CDCD) to respond to such CBR emergencies and outbreak situations.
In the event of an biological emergency one of the following:
will advise the General Manager Health Supply WA that N-95 Particulate Respiratory masks are to be distributed to Health Care Facilities (HCF) under the agreed distribution and supply plan. The General Manager of Health Supply WA will then circulate an algorithm to all HCF outlining the proposed HCF resource allocation. Resource allocation will be based on the perceived threat, risk assessment and the potential involvement of each facility. In this manner, all facilities will be appropriately stocked during an emergency situation.
Health Care Facilities, both metropolitan and rural, should not order N-95 Particulate Respirator masks for emergency situations direct from manufacturer or distributor as this will be supplied through the reserved contingency PPE stock located at a central Perth holding point.
MONITORING AND REVIEW
The Director of CDCD is responsible for monitoring and reviewing supplies of N-95 Particulate Respirator Masks on a regular basis and in response to Commonwealth alerts/recommendations.
Dr Shirley Bowen
This circular last updated: Thursday, 12 August 2004 at 12:00am