Updated PPE guidance for care partners

Sent on behalf of Bonnie Camm, Executive VP of Clinical Services and Shelley Schmidt, Director, Infection Control.

Quick details:

  • Effective immediately, care partners will be permitted to wear their own mask (N95 or other), provided they wear a hospital issued mask on top.
  • GRH staff should continue to follow the recommended PPE guidance as outlined here.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve found that a number of care partners are hesitant to replace their own mask with a hospital provided mask, which at times, has resulted in conflict for the screening team and delayed patient flow at hospital entrances.

Effective immediately, care partners will be permitted to wear their own mask (N95 or other), provided they wear a hospital issued mask on top.

This guidance is being implemented due to the low risk that care partners pose at the hospital under our current care partner visiting limits.

Due to the nature of the work we do and direct interaction with patients, GRH staff should continue to follow the recommended PPE guidance as outlined here.