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Parrish Healthcare Announces Universal Masking Procedure Protecting against the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19

  • Category: Coronavirus
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  • Written By: Parrish Healthcare

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 8, 2020)— In accordance with CDC recommendations, Parrish Healthcare announces its universal masking procedure at all of its facilities. To prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, like COVID-19, everyone who enters a Parrish Healthcare facility is provided a facemask.

Parrish Healthcare is nationally recognized as having an impeccable patient safety record. Providing a safe and healing environment for everyone all the time remains our highest priority, said George Mikitarian, Parrish Healthcare president and CEO. Universal masking and screening procedures, to include temperature checks, are new additions to the health system’s already stringent safety protocols.

What should patients’ expect? Upon entry, everyone is screened to include a temperature check, provided a facemask, and required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the facility. Hand sanitation stations are conveniently located at the entrances. In fact, Parrish Healthcare has long advocated strong hand sanitation practices even prior to COVID-19. Several years ago hundreds of hand sanitation stations were deployed throughout its facilities providing convenient access to hand sanitizers in such places as the dining areas, patient rooms, exam rooms, procedure rooms, diagnostic areas, as well as elevators, lobbies and common areas.

Parrish Healthcare’s universal masking procedures require hospital-grade facemasks to be worn in patient care areas. Cloth facemasks are allowable in nonclinical common areas.

All patients must wear their masks when receiving care, awaiting outpatient testing or during transport throughout Parrish Healthcare facilities.

Patients may remove their facemask while alone in their room, but should put the mask on if they leave their room or when others are in their room. When entering a patient’s room, care partners will knock and stand at least 6 ft. away from the patient until all have put on a mask. Parrish Healthcare’s standard hand hygiene practice even prior to COVID-19 has required all care partners to sanitize their hands before and after every patient interaction.

Masks will not be placed on any patient two years of age or younger or on any person who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

An important note, the specialized N95 masks are only required to be worn by clinicians in patient care areas dedicated to the care of patients with a known or suspected infectious disease, like Parrish Medical Center’s dedicated COVID-19 unit.

“Parrish Healthcare’s commitment to patient and care partner safety has always been our number one priority. Adding universal masking to our safety protocols helps to protect everyone who enters a Parrish Healthcare facility. Every patient’s life, every person’s life, matters,” added Mikitarian.