Full review underway after second PPE breach confirmed at Royal Perth Hospital

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A full review is underway after the PPE breach.
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An investigation is under way after a second COVID breach occurred at Royal Perth Hospital yesterday.

A staff member caring for a COVID-positive patient removed their surgical mask before completely exiting a patient’s room.

The incident was detected immediately and the staff member was placed into self-quarantine.

Health Minister Roger Cook said in these circumstances, each member of staff has a buddy that enters the room with them to supervise the correct PPE protocols are being followed.

“My understanding is there are some concerns about the way one of the staff members took off their PPE,” Mr Cook said.

It comes as a service lift at the same hospital was not appropriately cordoned off after it was used to transport the captain of the bulk-carrier MV AquaGenie from the emergency department to the intensive care unit.

Three staff members who were not wearing PPE used the lift prior to it being cleaned.

Mr Cook said the lift should have been cordoned off and the situation was continuing to be reviewed.

He said all the staff involved had already received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“We don’t believe that it is a high-risk (incident),” he said.

When asked about whether the incidents were “human failure”, Mr Cook said the two breaches “very different”.

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