USE N95 MASKS DURING AEROSOL-GENERATING PROCEDURES ONLY
Due to the expected high demand for N95 masks throughout the system, it's important to know when to properly use them, but also when NOT to use these.
Our current protocols are:
Airborne precautions including N95 respirators with eye protection should be used during aerosol-generating procedures (e.g. open suctioning of respiratory tract, intubation, bronchoscopy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Patients under investigation (PUI) should be managed with contact and droplet precautions (including eye protection). Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs and throat swabs can be performed using contact and droplet precautions with surgical mask and eye protection, and do not require the use of an N95 respirator.
If treating a patient with symptoms follow established droplet and contact precautions and infection, prevention and control protocols.
Staff are advised to go on with normal usage and not horde supplies. If your area requires additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies, please follow the usual process of making the request through Stores staff.
You can find more information on our COVID website here: http://covid19.providencehealthcare.org/guidelines/masks-and-personal-protective-equipment
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.