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PPE and Masks PPE and masks: FFP3 mask, eye screen, apron and gloves are essential for all patient contact for non-COVID-positive patients. This recommendation will remain in place until the current trajectory of COVID has flattened. For other direct patient care, a fluid-resistant (type IIR) surgical mask remains appropriate. Government advice for PPE to use with, and without, AGPs (including advice for donning and doffing) can be found here. There is a very helpful document from the European Centre for Disease prevention and Control here. And there is a useful video here. Perform hand hygiene before putting on PPE. The order for putting on PPE is apron or gown, surgical mask or respirator, eye protection and finally gloves. For removal, gloves are firstly removed, followed by the apron or gown, eye protection and finally mask or respirator. Hand hygiene should immediately follow removal of PPE. Check out the henry Schein guide to masks, types of masks and their properties here Click here to find out how much extra protection an FFP3 mask offers over FFP2 in the dental surgery. From the evidence presented, there would appear to be small
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additional protection (0.4%) offered by FFP3/ FFP2 masks compared to a surgical facemask during aerosol generating procedures in the dental environment if high volume suction and rubber dam are used in combination. In the absence of rubber dam this difference increases to 7%. If your FFP3 mask has an exhalation valve, you should consider using a surgical mask to cover it to protect the patient. Valved FFP3 masks may represent a risk by directing unfiltered exhaled breath toward a patient when asymptomatic clinicians can be COVID positive. Further advice on this from the BAOS and BAOMS can be found here. There is a lot of useful information from Public Health England and the FGDP including which PPE to use for different clinical settings. Explore your PPE options and ensure that you have an adequate supply of FFP3 masks (currently in short supply and unavailable from Henry Schein though we are working hard to source them). Unfortunately, it is no surprise that at this time, counterfeit and non-compliant PPE products are appearing on the market. Click here for more information on mask specifications and further contact details.
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