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Second PPE breach at Royal Perth Hospital

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A second PPE breach involving a COVID-19 patient has been revealed at Royal Perth Hospital.

The Health Department has confirmed a staff member removed their mask “prematurely” before they left the patient’s room yesterday.

East Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Liz MacLeod confirmed it was a breach of the hospital’s processes.

“The breach occurred yesterday afternoon was immediately detected and relevant processes enacted to ensure the safety of other staff, patients and the community,” she said.

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The staff member involved has been ordered into self-quarantine. Ms MacLeod said they were being monitored daily and a review would be carried out into the hospital’s procedures.

“Since March 2020, RPH has cared for more than 40 COVID positive inpatients with no breaches,” she said.

“In light of the weekend incidents, a full review of our policies and procedures is being undertaken.”

It comes after a separate incident on Saturday where three RPH staff were exposed to infection during the transfer of a virus-positive man.

The staff had all used a lift, without wearing PPE, shortly after it was used to transport the man, who is the captain of the MV Aquagenie — a bulk carrier off the Pilbara coast.

Ms McLeod said the incident was captured on CCTV cameras 15 minutes after the patient was transported. The lift, she said, had not been cleaned.

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All three staff had received a COVID-19 vaccination — two were fully vaccinated and one had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“There is no public health risk to other members of staff or hospital patients or visitors,” Ms McLeod said.

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