Ep 16: Sarah Whiting on the Category Yellow (Suspected Cases)

Published: Apr 24 2020

Episode 16 provides a discussion of Prof Joe’s fourth action point – – Detection, Surveillance, Isolation and Suspected Cases.

What do we do about the resident who is showing symptoms of infection but hasn’t yet been confirmed? How do we confirm positive, or better, negative status? This episode focusses on how facilities should best manage this situation including discussion about physical separation, PPE and screening.

In today’s episode:

~ How do we manage the resident who falls in the yellow group, and is showing signs of infection?

~ What is meant by the term ‘cohorting’ of residents? How should we be doing this?

~ How should we approach suspected patients? What tests should be done and why?

~ How does the screening process work?

~ When can we remove precautions from suspected or positive patient?

Dr Sarah Whiting, an Infectious Diseases and General Medicine Specialist at The Alfred Hospital, joins us again to discuss the clinical guidelines and practicalities around screening residents living in aged care facilities.


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