Updated PPE guidance

Please call the COVID Communication Center at 484.580.1919 with any questions related to the below message.

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly resulting in frequently changing guidance from the CDC and DOH. We understand how challenging and frustrating it can be for staff to keep up with these changes as they also try to focus on the care of patients. However, in order to continue effectively and safely caring for our patients, we will continue to follow all evolving CDC and DOH guidelines.

Currently, staff are using N95 respirators when caring for COVID-19 patients. The CDC recently released revised guidance which includes approval for use of regular face masks when performing general care for a COVID-19 patient.

Unlike airborne diseases like measles, COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets similar to the flu or by contact. PPE for droplet precautions requires the use of a face mask. Please note, the CDC is still recommending N95 masks for staff who are performing aerosol-generating procedures such as intubation, bronchoscopy or oral suctioning. While performing one of these procedures, an N95 needs to be worn

Per the CDC, approved PPE for MLH staff who are NOT performing aerosol-generating procedures, but who are continuing to test or perform general care for COVID-19 patients, consists of the following: face mask, eye protection, gown, and gloves. Staff who did not previously pass a fit test for an N95 respirator may now care for COVID-19 patients while wearing a face mask and additional PPE listed above.

COVID-19 patients should still be placed in a negative pressure room if available. EVS will still follow guidelines for cleaning (allow 1 hour before cleaning for negative pressure room; 2 hours for non-negative pressure rooms). EVS staff can wear face mask, eye protection, gown and gloves.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the care of our patients.

 

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