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Coronavirus: Updated PPE Requirements as of 21 April 2020

Coronavirus: Updated PPE Requirements as of 21 April 2020

Throughout the pandemic, The College has been liaising with Public Health England (who are leading the four nation approach) on the PPE requirements for podiatry services. Yesterday, they confirmed that the U.K. is now in the “sustained” period of COVID-19 which means table four of the PPE guidance must be used.

This means that there are now additional considerations for PPE that need to be applied. This is additional to and in conjunction with the main grid (table two).

For clarity: All members are to now comply with the recommended PPE requirements in table two AND table four.

For the purposes of these tables, podiatry procedures are not classed as 'aerosol generating' unless you are carrying out certain debridement techniques which produce spray, such as versajet. Nail drilling in itself is not aerosol producing, but we would suggest limiting water spray drill use, which produces aerosols and may combine with other contaminants during this time, unless you are using the PPE as described in table four.

The College appreciates that these necessary changes to the government’s advice can be confusing and that it is being continually reviewed and updated. To help guide members through these tables, The College's Professional Officers have produced an updated webinar on the latest changes, which will be made available on the Coronavirus section of the College's website from tomorrow, 22 April.

The College realises that this latest government advice will create major issues for many members due to the lack of access to PPE. The College has been highlighting the issue of access to PPE across all sectors of the government. Thank you to those who completed our recent survey last week about PPE access.

The College has also issued guidance which can be found here on what to do if no PPE is available within your organisation.

Finally, employers of all types have a legal responsibility to ensure that their staff are kept safe. If you think your employer is asking you to undertake duties without the proper protection, then please follow the guidance. If necessary, The College will support members who are put at risk

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