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Mask Information

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It’s all about the fit

  • To reduce gaps in a cloth or surgical mask and ensure a good fit, CDC recommends the following:
    • Mask fitter = create a snug fit at the back of the mask, buttons on hats or headband to pull the ear loops tight, worn over the mask to hold it tight to the face
    • Knotting the ear loops where they attach to the masks edges and tuck in any extra material
    • Use of a surgical mask with ties that can be tightened around the face
    • Double masking
  • If you Double Mask
    • Valve mask in NON-patient care areas only with surgical mask cover continues to be allowed
    • NO double masking with N95 at any time
    • NO double masking in any situation where PPE is required by policy or protocol for the delivery of patient care
    • IF you currently wear a cloth mask [office based staff] you may wear 2 cloth masks or one cloth/one surgical [the surgical mask needs to be closest to your face], or 2 surgical
    • IF you currently wear a surgical mask you may wear 2 surgical masks. NO cloth.

Patient Masking

  • Any patient outside their room (transported, ambulating), should wear a surgical face mask. Can be reused, stored in brown paper bag in between use. No cloth masks.
  • All patients who can tolerate it should wear a surgical face mask while in their room and staff is present. The mask can be reused, stored in brown paper bag in between use. No cloth masks.
    • If patient is unwilling, provide education about reasons why mask is needed. Escalate to CN or unit leader for further discussion if needed.

Visitor Masking

  • All visitors will be required to wear a surgical mask; If they do not have a surgical mask one will be provided to them
  • Double masking is allowed to enter the facility, *the bottom mask must be a surgical mask or higher [Ex. Their own N95]

How To Wear A Surgical Mask

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Universal Masking – It Is All About The Fit

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