Amberley O.S.H.C.

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4.2 Infectious Diseases

Amberley OSHC strives to remove immediate and/or serious risks to the health of the children, from possible cross-infections, by adopting appropriate procedures for dealing with infectious diseases*, whilst respecting the rights of individual privacy.  Accordingly, all people, including children, staff and parents, with infectious diseases will be excluded from attending Amberley OSHC to prevent the diseases spreading to others.

* When infectious disease is referred to in these policies and procedures, it means communicable diseases and notifiable diseases (see Commonwealth Department of Health at www.health.gov.au and Communicable Diseases Network Australia at www.cda.gov.au).

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • National Health and Medical Research Council ‘Staying Healthy in Childcare’ 4th edition
  • NQS Area: 2.1.3, 2.1.4; 4.2.1; 6.1.3; 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 1 – General Health and Safety, 4.3 – Hygiene, 4.4 – Preventative Health and Wellbeing, 4.14 – Infectious Disease Response Strategy, 8.16 – Employee Immunisation, 9.2 – Enrolment.

Procedures

Monitoring

Amberley OSHC will subscribe to available alert services through the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing (see www.health.gov.au) and Queensland Health (www.health.qld.gov.au ) to keep up to date information on infectious diseases within the community.

The NHMRC resource ‘Staying Healthy in Childcare’ will be referred to when making any decisions in regards to communicable diseases and/or exclusion periods.  Fact sheets may also be accessed through the Queensland Health website http://access.health.qld.gov.au/hid/

 Reporting

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to inform the Nominated/Certified Supervisor of any infectious disease that their child, or other immediate family members may be suffering.

Parents/guardians will be advised through the enrolment procedures and the Family Handbook that children who are ill are not to be brought to Amberley OSHC.

It is the responsibility of educators to inform the Nominated/Certified Supervisor of any infectious disease that the staff member, or their other immediate family members, may be suffering.

This Service is responsible for reporting to the State Health Authorities all notifiable diseases (as per requirements of the Commonwealth Government Department of Health) and also to report this to parents of other children in this Service as appropriate, but having regard to the privacy of individuals concerned.

The Nominated Supervisor will notify the Management Committee in writing when report of notification has been made to the Department of Health.

Records in regard to infectious disease will be maintained by the Nominated/Certified Supervisor.  These records will include the child’s name, age, symptoms, date and time when educators first noticed the illness and any action taken.  This record will not be available to other parents/guardians in view of the sensitive nature of a child’s health information (see Policy 10.8 – Information Handling (Privacy and Confidentiality)).

A notice of an occurrence of an infectious disease will be displayed and attention drawn to it for families at Amberley OSHC.

The rights of individual privacy will be respected at all times, and in particular the Privacy Policy of Amberley OSHC (see Policy 10.8 – Information Handling (Privacy and Confidentiality)) will be observed by all staff implementing these procedures relating to infectious diseases.

Exclusion

All people, including children and educators, who are suffering from any infectious diseases need to be excluded from Amberley OSHC to prevent others from being introduced to the infection. When any such person is found to be showing signs of any infectious disease:-

  • for children, their parents/guardians will be asked to immediately collect their child and seek medical advice;
  • for educators and staff, they will immediately be released from work in order to seek immediate medical attention and for the period of the infectious disease;
  • for parents or other adults, they will be required to leave the premises of Amberley OSHC immediately and not re-enter the premises unless and until they are no longer suffering from the infectious disease;
  • if a duly qualified and registered medical practitioner diagnoses an infectious disease, the child/educator shall be excluded for the recommended period (as per NHMRC guidelines).

For diseases which are from time to time published as requiring a doctor’s certificate clearing the child/educator, the doctor’s certificate will be required before the child/educator is re-admitted to Amberley OSHC.  Information can be obtained from the Department of Health at www.health.gov.au and the National Health and Medical Research Council at www.nhmrc.gov.au.

 Immunisation

Children who are younger than seven must meet the Australian Federal Governments immunisation requirements, or have an approved exemption from the requirements for the family to be eligible for Child Care Benefit (CCB).

Parents will be asked to provide to Amberley OSHC a copy of their child’s immunisation status records.

Non Immunisation

Children and educators will be excluded from Amberley OSHC if there is an outbreak of an infectious disease against which they have not been immunised.  The period of exclusion will be in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s recommendations (www.nhmrc.gov.au).

Control

Transfer of Bodily Fluids

In the event of transfer of bodily fluids onto a person’s skin the First Aider shall wash the skin with soap and water.

In the event of transfer of bodily fluids into a person’s eyes the First Aider shall flush the eye using a sterile eye cup and saline.

In the event of transfer of bodily fluids into a person’s mouth the First Aider shall wash out the mouth with alcohol-free mouth wash.

IN ALL CASES AN INCIDENT FORM MUST BE FILLED OUT, AND INCIDENT TO BE REPORTED TO THE SUPERVISOR ON DUTY!

Safely Dealing with Spills

Cleaning a blood spill

Size of Spill What to Do
Spot (e.g. less than the size of a 50c coin) ·         wear gloves

·         wipe up blood with damp cloth, tissue or paper towel

·         place cloth, tissue or paper towel in a plastic bag; seal the bag and put it in the rubbish bin

·         remove gloves and put them in the rubbish bin

·         wash surface with detergent and warm water

·         wash your hands with soap and water

Small (up to the size of the palm of your hand) ·         Wear gloves

·         Place paper towel over the spill and allow the blood to soak in

·         Carefully lift the paper towel and place it in a plastic bag; seal the bag and put it in the rubbish bin

·         remove gloves and put them in the rubbish bin

·         clean the area with warm water and detergent using a disposable cloth; place the cloth in the rubbish bin

·         wipe the area with diluted bleach and allow to dry

·         wash your hands with soap and water

 

Large (more than the size of the palm of your hand) ·         wear gloves

·         cover the area with sand and allow the blood to soak in

·         use a disposable scraper and pan to scoop up the sand and any unabsorbed blood

·         place the sand, scraper and pan into a plastic bag; seal the bag and put it in the rubbish bin

·         remove gloves and put them in the rubbish bin

·         mop the area with warm water and detergent; wash the mop after use

·         wipe the area with diluted bleach and allow to dry

·         wash your hands with soap and water

Cleaning a spill of Faeces, vomit, saliva or urine.

  • Wear gloves
  • Place paper towel over the spill and allow the spill to soak in. Carefully remove the paper towel and any solid matter. Place it in a plastic bag, seal the bag and put it in the rubbish bin.
  • Clean the surface with warm water and detergent, and allow to dry.
  • If the spill came from a person who is known or suspected to have an infectious disease (e.g. diarrhoea or gastroenteritis), use a disinfectant on the surface after cleaning it with detergent and water.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and running water.

Cleaning Nasal Discharge

  • Wash your hands every time you wipe a child’s nose. If you cannot wash your hands use a hand rub.
  • It is not necessary to wear gloves when wiping a child’s nose. If you do wear gloves, you must remove your gloves and wash your hands or use a hand rub afterwards.
  • Dispose of dirty tissues immediately.
Reviewed 16 March 2015, reviewed and updated 15 November 2016, Reviewed and Updated 9 May 2017


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