The Ministry of Health has extended the one year requirement to two years and fit testing completed anytime within a two year period is considered current.
As part of preparedness for COVID-19 a plan is in place to manage fit testing requirement for medical staff (physicians, NPs and midwives) who have not yet completed their fit testing. Testing is prioritized to ensure medical staff who perform (or are likely to perform) aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs) or to care for intubated patients are all fit tested. Further information and additional information regarding testing will follow.
N95 Respirator Fit Testing Note | March 25, 2020 from Dr. Chris Hall, Executive Medical Director
N95 Respirator Fit Testing Memo | March 19, 2020 sent on behalf of Dr. Chris Hall, Executive Medical Director
N95 Respirator Fit Testing Memo | March 10, 2020 sent on behalf of Dr. Chris Hall, Executive Medical Director
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|Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Utilization
(New: March 27)
We’ve been hearing a lot about ‘flattening the curve’ with respect to the virus itself, but as health care workers, we must remember to apply the idea to our use of PPE. Here are two steps you can take:Flatten the Curve on PPE Usage | Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief MHO, Kathy MacNeil, President & CEO
- Consider our usage guidelines and the science they rely on. Every time you use any mask outside the guidelines to theoretically decrease your risk, that’s one less mask for someone in the ED, on a med/surg unit or in the ICU. This is your future self and your colleagues who may be caring for a COVID-19 patient in just a few weeks from now.
- Remind each other to flatten the PPE usage curve! If you see unnecessary use of PPEs, gently remind your colleagues that we need to rely on what we know about transmission and stick to the guidelines. A supportive and reassuring word may be all it takes to remember that we’re in this together and need to take small, mindful actions to protect us all in higher-risk situations.
Thank you for your efforts to flatten the PPE usage curve, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to our patients and residents. By working as a team, we will all have the necessary protection and emerge from this challenge safely.
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Please contact MedStaffEngagement@viha.ca if you have any issues reporting.