MYMonashAlumni: Frontliner Story 9

“I’m a Pathology Registrar at Monash Health, VIC, Australia. I’m part of a team that assists clinicians in diagnosing and monitoring patients’ conditions associated with SARS-CoV-2.”

“At Monash, staff temperatures are checked upon arrival using thermal scanners while enabling appropriate social distancing. There has been a marked improvement in terms of hand hygiene amongst staff and visitors - there has been an increased number of hand sanitising points throughout the hospitals.”

“Non-microbial testing of non-respiratory specimens (blood and urine) are handled with the usual standard precautions (hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment such as laboratory coats/gowns, gloves and eye protection) where possible using automated analysers. On the other hand, respiratory samples are processed in a PC2 laboratory and with the use of a Class II Biosafety Cabinet for aerosol-generating procedures and processing of faecal samples.”

“I hope a vaccine will be made available to the public very soon and we can end this COVID-19 pandemic for good.”

Dr Ken Lee Wan
MBBS Alumnus (Class of 2011-2015)