N95 mask clarification

Information shared yesterday regarding N95 masks caused some questions as to whether we had changed our policy on when to wear an N95 mask. Our policy on that has not changed. Read the policy.

If you need to wear an N95 mask for patient care, it must be one provided by UK HealthCare
At this time, UK HealthCare does not permit bedside staff to use any respirator that has not been provided and fit-tested by the UK HealthCare Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and the Employee Health team.

Masks such as the Envomask utilize an exhalation valve that does not provide protection for those around the wearer from respiratory droplets produced and expelled by the wearer.

Given that there are ample supplies of personal protective equipment, including N95 respirators, and in the interest of everyone’s safety, those who need to wear an N95 respirator must wear one that has been fit-tested by the IPAC and Employee Health teams.