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As a professional body responsible to mitigate COVID-19 outbreak, Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists stepped forward in collaboration of other stake holders in the country. We prepared guidelines, had media release and involved in training health care workers in addition to diagnostic and infection control activities conducted in health care institutions. Following are the documents prepared by SLCM.

Documents prepared by SLCM during COVID 19 period

Guidelines

  1. Protocol for cleaning the ambulance after transporting corona suspected or confirmed patients- English and Sinhala
  2. Infection prevention and control in transporting COVID-19 patients inside the hospital
  3. Surgery and aerosol generating procedures on COVID-19 patients
  4. Surgery during COVID-19 infection- PPE for health care workers
  5. Guideline for processing sputum samples in clinical laboratories - Strengthening the laboratory practices to face COVID 19-
  6. Instructions for collection and transport of specimens from patients / persons in the community suspected of COVID-19
  7. COVID 19 specimen collection and transport
  8. Guideline for processing sputum samples in clinical laboratories
  9. Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of equipment
  10. Recommendation on use of viral filters on the anaesthetic and ICU circuits
  11. Guideline for Extended Use/Reuse of Respirators
  12. COVID-19 laboratory test strategy in Sri Lanka
  13. Recommended work attire for Health Care Workers during the COVID19 outbreak
  14. Specifications for Particulate Respirators- (N95, FFP2, FFP3, KN95, P2, DS 2 Japan, Korea 1st Class)
  15. Minimum PPE recommendations for handling a dead body
  16. IPC during a delivery of a baby
  17. Instructions for unexpected exposure (or breach of PPE) of health care worker to conformed COVID 19 patient- Dr. Kushlani Jayathilake
  18. Implementation of Mitigation strategies – Singhala- Dr. Mahen Kothalawala
  19. Specification of surgical face masks

Featured posts

  1. COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 PCR ) Testing Statistics for Sri Lanka
  2. Spraying of disinfectants in large outdoor areas
  3. Laboratory testing strategy in COVID 19
  4. Use of UVC air purifiers- Observation of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists on the use of UVC air purifiers
  5. Media Release on 'Use of Decontamination Chambers and Spraying of Disinfectants in Public Spaces to minimize spread of COVID-19 virus: Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists’ Point of View'Media release on imposing of mandatory wearing of face masks for commuters
  6. The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists Media Release on Imposing of Mandatory Wearing of Face Mask for Commuters
  7. Living with COVID -19: opening Sri Lanka to tourists Suggestions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
  8. Opening airports for Tourism, Co-existing with COVID -19 Suggestions of the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists
  9. WHO Guidelines on Cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces in the context of COVID-19 May 18, 2020
  10. WHO-recommended handrub formulations May 13, 2020
  11. The view of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists regarding use of air purifiers in health care setting to prevent transmission of COVID-109
  12. Use of gloves in the community/ in public places- Views of SLCM
  13. Wearing masks in the community: The view of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists (SLCM)
  14. Hand Sanitizers for use in the SARS-CoV2 virus pandemic
  15. The place of antigen test in diagnose of COVID 19

For WHO

  1. Rational use of PPE and Infection Prevention and Control of COVID-19- Health care settings in Sri Lanka- English, Singhala, Tamil
  2. Module 1- Modes of transmission of SARS-CoV2 causing COVID-19- Implications for IPC precaution recommendations
  3. Module 2 -Infection prevention and control in healthcare setting during the COVID 19 pandemic
  4. Module 4 -Use of masks as a measure to prevent COVID-19 infection
  5. Module 5 - Home care for patients with respiratory symptoms
  6. Module 6-Hand Hygiene & Hand Sanitizers: - Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures related to COVID-19 in Sri Lanka
  7. Module 7 - DISPOSAL OF DEAD BODY AND AUTOPSY PRACTICE GUIDE COVID-19 Related Deaths
  8. Module 8 - Environmental surface disinfection during COVID 19 outbreak
  9. Infection prevention and control in healthcare setting during the COVID 19 pandemic- Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke, Dr Pavithri Bandara
  10. Education, training and monitoring of healthcare workers during the COVID 19 pandemic- Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke, Dr Pavithri Bandara

Proposals

  1. Proposal for sero- surveillance for evidence of exposure toSARS-CoV2 among high risk groups and community in high risk districts
  2. Proposal for Expansion of Testing for COVID 19 - Laboratory Requirement & Capacity Building

Others

  1. The equipment requirement to expand the testing capacity for RT PCR
  2. Availability of GeneXpert machines across the country - April 2020
  3. Serology Test for SARS Cov2/COVID-19 testing
  4. The requirement of regents and consumables for performing 20,000 samples with RT PCR

Videos

  1. Sample Collection in COVID 19 diagnosis video
    By
    Dr. Yasindu C Waniganayaka, SR CSTH
    Dr. F Nishreen Jaufer, Registrar CSTH
    Ms. GSB Wijethunge, (ICN) CSTH
    Ms. GLT Kularathne, (ICN) CSTH

Author: SLCM