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We do not have enough N-95 masks. What do we do?

N-95 mask are not recommended unless you are going to have prolonged exposure and/or are performing procedures that promotes aerosolization of sputum. The first step is to control patient flow (see Curi’s Patient Workflow Process Chart):

  • Create barriers between potentially infected patients and non-infected patients
  • Place a mask on the patient, and place in a room with the door shut—removing them from the normal flow of traffic
  • Screen patients—performing drive-through visits (scheduling infectious patients at different times from non-infectious patients) and telehealth visits

Any staff entering the room of a potentially infectious patient should wear appropriate PPE, including gown, gloves, and minimum of surgical mask upgrading to a N-95 mask as available. Follow CDC guidelines for outpatient and ambulatory care settings and preserving healthcare supplies. Implement CDC strategies to optimize the supply of PPE and equipment.

All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.