EAD tests in elderly care units and private clinics

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The audits focus on the compliance of the above bodies with the measures and rules for the prevention and avoidance of the SARS COV-2 dispersion.

On April 27-30, 2020, the National Transparency Authority carried out audits in ten Elderly Care Units and Welfare Structures and in five Private Health Care Clinics in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The Authority will continue in the next period the compliance checks in 85 more Health and Welfare Bodies with the aim of the immediate completion of 100 audits throughout the country with the active involvement of 120 Inspectors-Auditors. This control cycle
includes a representative sample based on risk analysis and will cover a total of 22 Private Clinics, 17 Private Clinics with Artificial Kidney Units, 21 Welfare Structures and 40 Elderly Care Units.

The audits focus on the compliance of the above bodies with the measures and rules for the prevention and avoidance of the SARS COV-2 dispersion.

Evaluation of tests of Elderly Care Units and Welfare Structures

The audits were carried out on the basis of a control program based on the rules included in the EODY Protocol on:

• Carrying out Thermometer
• Supply of Protective Media (masks, gloves, antiseptics)
• Training of staff for the Proper Use of personal protective equipment and information in accordance with the instructions of EODY
• Cleaning of surfaces and spaces according to the instructions of EODY
• Existence of antiseptics at the entrance and in the common areas
• Marking at the entrance of the Structure to avoid visits
• Observance of the visit ban
• Recording suspicious cases
• Isolation chamber
• Observance of Procedure after the detection of a suspected case

The Inspectors-Auditors recorded phenomena of non-compliance with the prescribed measures and made strict recommendations to those responsible for these bodies for their immediate compliance with the existing provisions. In particular, the following violations were identified:

1. Failure to perform thermometer at the entrance (1 MFI in Athens),
2. Non-training of staff in the proper use of personal protective equipment (1 MFI Athens)
3. No antiseptics at the entrance and in the common areas (1 Welfare Structure in Thessaloniki)
4. Non-compliance with the visit ban (1 MFI in Athens)
5. No process of recording a suspected case (3 MFI and 1 Welfare Structure, in Athens

Evaluation of tests in 5 private clinics:

During the on-site inspection, it was found that a large percentage of the rules set by the EODY Protocol regarding:

• Information and training of personnel according to the instructions of EODY
• Marking at the entrance with instructions for symptoms but also provision and use of M.A.P.
• Thermometry
• Antiseptics at the entrance and in the common areas
• Isolation Chamber
• Personnel Symptoms Control
• Visitor
• Suspension of regular surgeries
• Artificial Kidney Unit – Distances
• Artificial Kidney Unit, Sorting, Recognition, Isolation of Suspected Case
• Artificial Kidney Unit, Isolation, Dialysis of Suspected Patients for SARS COV-2

The inspectors proceeded with recommendations in a clinic in Thessaloniki with an Artificial Kidney Unit that had not informed and trained the staff according to the instructions of EODY, did not maintain Antiseptics at the entrance and in the common areas and did not have an Isolation Chamber.

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