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.