Jun 22 , 2020
STRATEGIES TO OPTIMIZE THE SUPPLY OF PPE:
- Surgical masks should be changed:
- If it is dirty
- Has fluid splashes
- If it is difficult to breathe
- At least once a day
- N-95 masks can be reused:
- Write your name on the mask and save it in a brown paper bag when not in use.
- Use a new paper bag after each use.
- An N-95 mask can be used for a few days if it is not dirty, and it is not damaged.
- Face-shields are reusable for several days or weeks until it is damaged.
- Clean and disinfect it with bleach inside and outside of the face shield.
- Allow to air dry thoroughly. Remove your gloves and wash your hands.
- Write your name on the Face shield and place it in a safe place in the designated work area after cleaning for the next shift.
- Isolation gowns:
- Isolation gowns can be reused during the entire work shift:
- When interacting with cohorted patients, known to be infected by the same disease.
- Unless it is visibly soiled, have fluid splashes, or if the patient has another infectious disease (e.g., C. difficile).
- Change gloves each encounter.
- If headcovers are required in your area, you may wear it for the whole shift.
- Shoe covers:
- If shoe covers are required in your area, you may wear them for the entire shift.
Best Practice Notes:
- Do not go outside of any area wearing full PPE, except for a surgical mask.
- Wear the appropriate mask for patient care areas. Fabric masks are for individuals who do not perform direct patient care. Washing fabric masks daily is good practice.
- Do not eat or drink with your PPE on (face shield, mask, gloves, or gown).