REMINDER TO STAFF: MASK GUIDELINES FOR EXTENDED USE
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and have updated our PPE guidelines to reflect the need to keep our patients, residents, colleagues, and ourselves safe.
The use of procedure masks is recommended to protect against the transmission of infectious agents by inhalation of respiratory droplets via the mouth and nose. Respiratory droplets are produced by coughing, sneezing, and talking and have a range of up to 2 metres. The same mask and eye protection should be used between patient rooms and in the common clinical spaces.
Additional guidelines include:
Procedure masks should be changed if they are moist/wet, visibly soiled/dirty or damaged;
Procedure masks should be doffed at the end of your shift, when having meals, or during shift breaks;
Staff should avoid touching or manipulating the procedure mask once donned. If staff touches or adjusts their procedure mask they should perform hand hygiene right away; and
Do not save and re‐use procedure masks once they have been doffed. Don a new procedure mask if additional use is required.
As a reminder, staff and medical staff should not wear a mask hanging around one ear or tucked under the chin (not covering their mouth and nose). This compromises the integrity of the mask and should be doffed appropriately and a new mask should be donned. Masks should be worn in the elevators or in situations when physical distancing measures of 2 meters cannot be maintained. Staff are also asked to doff masks as they leave sites, either for breaks or at the end of their shifts.
To find more information on what PPE you should wear and in which clinical settings, please review our guidelines here.
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.