Face Mask Use
Face masks should ideally be changed between every patient; practically speaking, however, they may be changed every three hours, every clinic, or when wet. All staff who come into contact with the patient (this includes front desk) should ideally be wearing a mask.
You should clean your hands before putting on a face mask. The blue side of the mask should face outwards. If there is any text on the mask this usually faces outwards. Once the mask is on, mould or pinch the stiff edge to the shape of your nose.
Once you have your mask on do not fidget with it.
It is during mask removal that you are at highest risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus from the front surface of the mask so removal technique of the mask is critical.
If you are using an N95 or P95 mask these should be “fitted” and tested for any air leaks to ensure that they are working optimally. It is very unlikely that these will be readily available in the community.
With both the patient and the assessor wearing masks the risk of transmission drops significantly if the patient is an asymptomatic shedder - because of this you may wish to consider providing mask to patients in your practice.
Dispose of the mask directly into a bin and wash your hands after removal.