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Sri Lanka’s Hemas Hospital says 8 staff isolated after Coronavirus patient

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Hemas Hospital said eight staff at its branch in Thalwatugoda was isolated and health rules are being followed after a Coronavirus positive patient was treated and transferred from its emergency treatment unit October 19.

The hospital said due its existing protocols the patient was not exposed to public areas or other staff or patients but a risk assessment was carried out and staff members isolated.

Immediate PCR tests were negative and more tests would be carried out after 7 and 14 days, the hospital said.

The patient was admitted on October 19 and transferred to the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital on the advice of the Consultant Nephrologist, where the patient had tested positive on October 20.

“ETU, patient’s path and all surfaces have been disinfected using 0.1 percent hypochlorite and 70 percent alcohol in addition to routine surface disinfection every 2 hours as per the hospital protocol,” the hospital said.

“The ETU and all departments of the hospital are functioning as usual.”

Hemas said it will continue to follow Ministry of Health directives and guidelines in implementing COVID -19 safety protocols and measures.

These include triaging, segregation of high risk patients with separate isolation areas, special areas with HEPA-filters, UV and Plasma Air Ionizer disinfection to prevent cross contamination, proper handwashing and sanitizing facilities, crowd management and the use of Personal Protective Equipment. (Colombo/Oct23/2020)

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