It is very important to make sure you are wearing the correct masks - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) equipment - when caring for patients with suspected infectious organisms..
A number of colleagues needed treatment as they hadn't been wearing them and had been exposed to potential meningitis.
So the message is always use the correct PPE when taking care of our patients with suspected infectious organisms.
Where patients are suspected at risk of having an infectious organism colleagues must:
*Meningococcal disease can cause meningitis and septicaemia. It is a very serious infection that needs an immediate response. Read the policy here. It describes how it should be identified and responded to.