All staff, regardless of vaccination status, who care for a patient with COVID-19 or a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19, as well as those performing an aerosol-generating procedure (AGP), will be required to wear an N95 respirator. This guidance applies to both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
N95 respirators will be readily available on your unit or in your clinic. You must be fit to a specific size of N95 respirator.
NOTE: This guidance applies to both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Due to the diligent and tireless work of our supply chain team, our supply of N95 masks is now stable enough to allow inclusion and regular use of N95 masks during AGPs. This stable supply of N95s allows us to expand usage and consistency of these masks across all clinical areas for frontline, direct care staff to during aerosol generating procedures (AGPs). (View a list of AGPs here.)
Stocking locations may differ unit to unit. Please ask your local leadership where you can find an N95 in your area.
- First, complete the required OSHA survey in ReadySet
- Schedule a fit testing with the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC). You can do this by calling UEHC at 319-356-3631 to schedule your 15-to-20-minute appointment. UEHC is located at 1097-1 Boyd Tower, at UI Hospitals & Clinics (Elevator A, Level 1). Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
N95 masks require fit testing to ensure they are most effective. An unfitted N95 mask offers no better protection than a surgical or isolation mask.
For those who are currently fitted to use a CAPR, CAPRs should only be used in COVID-19 positive patient circumstances. If you are participating in an AGP with a patient who does not have COVID-19, you should either wear a medical-grade face mask, or someone else who is fitted to an N95 may perform the procedure in your place.
For the CAPR disposable lenses, you should continue cleaning these as you have done. You will not discard these after each use.
It is safe to perform an aerosol-generating procedure (AGP) without an N95 on a patient who does not have COVID-19.