TITUSVILLE, FLA. (July 1, 2020)— Parrish Medical Center (PMC) officials say that while there might have been understandable confusion about the use of face masks early-on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the results are in: masks offer protection. Wearing a face covering in public, especially when social distancing is not possible, protects you and those around you.
Since April 2020, Parrish Healthcare officials instituted its universal masking requirement and procedure at all of its facilities. Everyone is required to wear a face covering during patient care and when in common, communal spaces. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people)."
Additionally, it is important to make sure the face coverings are put on (donned) and taken off (doffed) properly.
Below are instructions for donning and doffing a face mask:
To don (put on):
Perform hand hygiene using hand sanitizer or soap and water.
Place the face mask using the ties or loops. Secure the top tie on the crown of the head and the bottom tie at the base of the neck. If the mask has loops, hook them appropriately around the ears.
To doff (take off):
Carefully untie or unhook the loops and pull away from the face without touching the front.
Perform hand hygiene after removing.
Types of Masks:
Non-clinical cloth or homemade masks are great for the general public to conserve surgical/medical grade cloths. These masks provide protection against coughs and sneezes from potentially infected individuals. These masks can be disinfected and worn multiple times.
Surgical masks are used in the health care setting to protect against large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain germs. Surgical masks are intended for a single use.
N95 respirators are used in clinical health care settings to filter out 95% of particles. N95 respirators are intended for a single use.
Parrish Healthcare’s Infection Preventionist Emily Leathers demonstrates proper donning and doffing procedures of face coverings, watch the video by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=36F-Vqwky2E.