1. COVID-19: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR CHOOSING RESPIRATORY PROTECTION MEDICAL MASKS FACIAL FILTERING RESPIRATORS Types of mask TYPE II Protects wearer from infective agents from the nose and mouth TYPE IIR Protects wearer from infective agents from the nose and mouth and against splashes or potentially contaminated liquids FFP1 Filters out 80% of airborne particulate matter FFP2 Filters out 94% of airborne particulate matter. WHO recommends FFP2 or higher protection when facial filtering respirators are advised FFP3 Maximum protection. Filters out 99% of airborne particulate matter Prevent spread of droplets by the wearer √ √ √ √ √ Wearer requires high filtration protection from expelled splashes √ √ √ √ Expelled particulates must be contained where fluid resistance is required √ √ √ Wearer requires tight-fitted, sealed respiratory protection √ √ √ Wearer requires tight-fitted, sealed respiratory protection when performing aerosol- generating procedures √ √* REMEMBER: • Always ensure compliance with your local public health authorities regulations surrounding usage and selection guidance of pers onal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. • Follow recommended mask conservation guidelines to preserve PPE for front line healthcare workers and to ensure appropriate sup ply based on risk level is available. ECDC advises a medical mask be worn in case of shortage of facial filtering respirators. Based off general advice from health authorities around the world including the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), AnsellCARES has developed this practical guide for healthcare workers to help choose the appropriate respiratory protection needed for the work done in a hospital, clinic, aged care facility or in the community. This list is a quick reference guide and is not exhaustive. Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for use and your facility’s policy and procedures regarding respiratory protection for your particular environment. Splashes Bacteria and viruses Droplets Droplets Splashes Bacteria and viruses * ECDC recommends an FFP3 respirator should be always used when performing aerosol-generating procedures. ECDC Technical Report: Guidance for wearing and removing personal protective equipment in healthcare settings for the care of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, Feb. 2020
2. COVID-19: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR CHOOSING RESPIRATORY PROTECTION Ansell, ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Ansell Limited or one of its affiliates. © 2020 All Rights R eserved. www.ansell.com Important advice from WHO on the use of masks* during this COVID-19 pandemic Wearing a medical mask is one of the preventative measures that can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19 Whether or not masks are used, maximum compliance with hand hygiene and other infection protection control measures are critical to prevent human-to-human transmission *To view WHO’s advice on the use of masks in context of COVID-19. Download pdf here Disclaimer: Given the novelty of this coronavirus, recommendati ons from the source references are interim and advisory in natu re andare based on current knowledge of the situation. Healthcare workers should use a particulate respirator, at the least a European Union (EU) standard FFP2 or a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certified N95 or equivalent, when assessing or managing a confirmed COVID-19 case Follow disposal guidelines which include changing as recommended, removing masks from behind and disposing immediately in closed containers Wearing a mask is recommended when outdoors, including mass transit and ride shares or other highly populated exposure areas to limit the spread 1 2 3 4
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