Provincial PPE Safety Coach Program

Infection Prevention & Control

Appropriate use of PPE continues to be central to our fight against COVID-19, on the frontlines.

Coaches are making a difference and we would like to thank them and the leaders that support them for their commitment to keep our patients and staff safe. Over 1,700 coaches across the province have been trained since the program launched in November 2020!

Alberta Health Services’ Provincial PPE Safety Coach Program ensures all AHS frontline staff and physicians feel supported in selecting and donning and doffing the PPE that will protect them, as per the point of care risk assessment completed every patient, every time.

AHS site leadership and unit management work with staff and physicians to identify coaches.

If you have been identified by your leader, please complete the below five step training program. Training is delivered virtually and anticipated to take two hours.

This is a voluntary program, which adopts a peer-to-peer approach. PPE Safety Coaches will be available and accessible on each shift, as experts supporting frontline staff using a friendly, informal and helpful approach. Their role will not be to audit, but to support and work together with staff and physicians. See FAQ for more info on the program.

Note: If you are an AHS subsidiary or contracted service provider in continuing care, email ppesafetycoach@ahs.ca for more information on launching the program in your area.

Grant Funding for Continuing Care

In partnership with AHS Provincial Seniors Health and Continuing Care, reimbursement funding is available to support the rapid roll-out of the Provincial PPE Safety Coach Program at all contracted Long Term Care, Designated Supportive Living and Hospice sites in Alberta. Reimbursement is available from November 2020 to enable staff and physicians at these sites to complete training to become program designates or coaches.

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Becoming a PPE Safety Coach

If you would like to refresh your knowledge on PPE for educational purposes, visit our IPC PPE or Education webpages for more education modules.

Note: The Provincial PPE Safety Coach Program currently does not host any training materials, including courses or resources on MyLearningLink.

Before you begin, confirm with your immediate supervisor that they support you completing the training required to become a PPE Safety Coach.

If you have support from your immediate supervisor, complete the following five steps.

Interim requirements:

Note: A Modified Respiratory Precautions sign is to be used for patients with suspected, presumed or confirmed COVID-19.

Step 1: PPE Module

View the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) module.

Step 2: PPE Safety Coach Training Module

View the PPE Safety Coach Training module.

Step 3: PPE Demonstration

Demonstrate donning and doffing PPE required for contact and droplet precautions to your immediate supervisor (or designate).

The PPE Checklist, Donning PPE Poster and Doffing PPE Poster can be referenced to confirm correct donning and doffing has been performed.

Step 4: PPE Safety Coach Self-assessment

Complete the PPE Safety Coach Self-assessment. A score of 80% or higher is required on the self-assessment. Your score will be displayed at the end of the self-assessment.

Step 5: Competency Check

After passing the self-assessment, a member of the Provincial PPE Safety Coach Program will contact you within five (5) business days with further instructions that include setting up a competency check. A score of 80% or higher is required on the competency check.

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