Mask and Face Shield Protocols for Healthcare Providers
Please note the use of the shield is a key component to enhance protection to prevent exposures. It is essential that the shield be worn consistently throughout the shift. This includes time spent in the unit outside of the patient room.
Many of the exposures to staff have occurred when taking breaks while eating and drinking because of the necessity of removing the mask and shield. It is essential that the area is limited to only the number of people that can remain a safe distance of 6 feet apart at all times while masks and shields are removed.
The Infection Prevention Team