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Communicable Disease Management

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There is a patient with a communicable disease on our unit...
now what?

In the event of a confirmed communicable disease exposure on your unit or facility, the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre will be notified by either the Infection Control department at your site or by Public Health and the exposure criteria and risk to employees will be determined. 

If follow up is needed for employees, the managers of the affected departments will be notified by the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre with follow up instructions. 

As per instructions given to the managers, employees who have been notified to contact the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre are to do so at 1-866-922-9464 (select Option 1) to speak with an Occupational Health Nurse for a full assessment of the exposure. 

The Occupational Health Nurse will confirm when you had contact with the source person, will review the exposure criteria with you, and will discuss follow up recommendations if you meet the exposure criteria. 

PRIVACY NOTICE: 

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information by Workplace Health to support the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

 

The COVID-19 pandemic response initiative requires an ability to track COVID-19 exposures and lab test results of health care workers (HCW). In response to this requirement, COVID-19 test results are tracked in the Workplace Health Indicator Tracking and Evaluation (WHITE) system. In an effort to reduce transmission, this information is used for COVID-19 contact tracing, exposure monitoring, coordination with Public Health and return to work planning.

 

As directed by the Ministry of Health, WHITE is used to collect and maintain records of immunization for all HCW, including members of medical staff. This tracking will include COVID-19 vaccinations, and the information is used to support health authority reporting at an individual  HCW level, and provincial reporting at an aggregate level.

 

Workplace Health is authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), sections 26(c)and 27(1)(b), to collection your personal information; its subsequent use is authorized by sections 32(a) and 32(c).

Disclosure of your data to Workplace Health is authorized by FIPPA sections 33.1(1)(e), 33.2(a), and as it relates to COVID-19, by Ministerial Order No. M431 (in effect until May 31, 2021).

 

Safeguards are in place to protect data in WHITE from unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal. Specifically, access to these databases, and to the collected data, is role-based and restricted to only those authorized personnel with a “need to know”.

 

If you have any questions regarding this privacy notification, including the collection of personal information, please contact:

 

Director, Information Access Privacy

200 - 1333 West Broadway

Vancouver, BC V6H 4C1

 

Phone: 1-855-229-9800

Email: privacyphsa@phsa.ca

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