Safety-Care® Infection Control
Precautions for Specialist Training
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect North America, QBS has recommendations about how to conduct training of Safety-Care.
Note: When QBS conducts in-person Safety-Care trainings, we follow a specific protocol. This protocol is not the same as the recommendations set out here, because the circumstances are different. QBS Master Trainers travel frequently by commercial air. Trainer training frequently involves participants from multiple sites who may also have traveled by air. We have chosen a set of precautions we believe strikes an appropriate balance for the kind of training we do. Each organization should similarly assess their own training needs and implement precautions as appropriate.
General Training Recommendations
- Each organization should conduct training in compliance with applicable state, provincial, and local government requirements.
- Each organization should assess its own needs with regard to Safety-Care training. It may be appropriate to train fewer staff, or to train some staff on a more limited version of Safety-Care.
- Consult with qualified medical professionals regarding appropriate precautions (not just this document).
- QBS currently allows remote training of the non-competency parts of the curriculum. Consider this option if it is practical. Remote training must be over live two-way audiovisual connection. The same limits on class size apply as to in-person training. You can quickly demonstrate or discuss competencies (showing video from Trainer Connect if appropriate). Competencies must be tested in person, but that can happen at a later date, 1:1 or in small groups.
- Prioritize recertification of staff who, due to the pandemic and extended certification periods, have gone more than a year since their last Safety-Care training. These staff should be recertified as soon as possible.
- Follow state, provincial, and local government guidelines on number of people gathering, social distancing, wearing of masks, and other precautions.
- Provide a large enough space for all participants to maintain appropriate social distancing. As of this writing the general recommendation for distancing is six feet/2 meters, but local government recommendations should be followed regarding distancing. This may require much more training space per trainee than was previously necessary. It may be necessary to limit class size or use a larger room.
- Allot additional time for training, because the precautions described here will slow the pace of the class. Make sure trainers are not asked to rush through the class.
- No one, including the trainer, should participate in an in-person training if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have reason to believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days. Consider an assessment or affirmation by each participant, prior to any interaction with others, at the beginning of each training day. A participant who shows symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease during the class should be asked to leave immediately.
- Clean and disinfect all training spaces and frequent touch items prior to each training day.
- All participants should be clearly informed that, while you will be taking steps to mitigate risk, any in-person gathering presents a risk of infection. They should affirm that they understand and are accepting that risk.
- Provide disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, paper towels, and boxes of tissue in the training room in sufficient quantities for use throughout the training.
- Expect all participants to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when within social distancing limits of others.
- If training alone, the trainer identifies one trainee to demonstrate physical procedures with. That trainee avoids contact with anyone other than the trainer. If co-training, two trainers conduct demonstrations with each other. Prior to touching anyone else, wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Divide the class into small groups of 2–3. Each group touches others from their group and the trainer only.
- The trainer uses physical touch and physical prompting only as necessary. Use verbal and modeling prompts instead of physical prompts as much as possible. If physical prompting is necessary, wash hands or use hand sanitizer before touching anyone else.
- The trainer should create and run role-plays that don’t require physical touch (Safety Stance and the shadowed version of Elbow Check are appropriate). Wear masks during role plays regardless of expected distance.