Mooguru wrote: ↑Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:24 pm
This is what's throwing me, either she wasn't tested at all during the time she was actively infected which seems to go against Policy or she has false negatives. I'm not criticising the nurse just that the info coming out with the spin of it being fantastic doesn't seem to be addressing that a medical practitioner working with covid patients either wasn't tested or had false negatives either of which take away somewhat from the "we're amazing! Everything is great!" messaging.
I agree that it’s not great a covid case was missed in a frontline worker but I think the messaging of “contact tracers have done an amazing job and Qlder’s are amazing for following health directions” isn’t mutually exclusive. They’re separate issues.
The CHO said the nurse followed all protocols and procedures. PPE was used appropriately. They are looking into how the virus might have been transmitted.
We know that some people are completely asymptomatic. There are theories that those people tend to have a lower viral load.
Because of this outbreak, household contacts of frontline HCW are getting bumped up the vaccination queue. Changes are being made to minimise the risks of outbreaks like this occurring again. They have, and I assume will continue to widen their testing policies when a case is found. In the case of the doctor being positive, they didn’t test this nurse because she wasn’t a contact of the doctor. They now know that with these higher viral loads, we have to be more vigilant with contacts of the super spreader patient.
Obviously, surveillance testing isn’t foolproof. We know the rapid saliva tests aren’t as accurate as the pcr swabs but it would be pretty invasive to expect our frontline staff to have a nasal swab every single shift. It’s that slices of Swiss cheese analogy- we have many layers of defence. The surveillance testing might have missed this nurse, this time but this outbreak has been caught and contained to about half a dozen cases at the moment. That’s pretty good.