I am a nurse in a hospital that is owned by a large non-profit religiously affiliated group that rhymes with “Common-Sense”
I received an official email outlining how the hospital plans to ration the use of PPE. What concerned me is that we are instructed to have patient specific N-95’s and doff and don them each time we enter/leave the patients room. When not in use they are to be stored in a paper bag on the isolation cart.
There is more specific language regarding when we are allowed to use a face shield which is also to be reused and sanitized between uses.
I also have heard that the plan for a surge is to utilize my department (day surgery) once elective cases have been cancelled as it is a large open ward, and they would do some construction to make it a huge negative pressure/airflow ward.
Can anyone speak to the N95 issue? I feel like by placing the mask into the bag you are increasing the chances of germs transferring to the inside of the mask if the bag is moved. I feel like it would be better to instead to somehow just keep the same mask on and limit doff and don times, and then just only have patients who have Covid-19. But that also may not be practical as testing seems to be proving challenging.
I’m curious what other facilities are doing and if anyone has any insight. Thank you.
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