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The attached document contains information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding healthcare workers caring for asymptomatic patients in areas of moderate to high community transmission wear eye protection in addition to face masks. Uploaded 07.02.20

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that healthcare workers caring for asymptomatic patients in areas of moderate to high community transmission wear eye protection in addition to face masks. Eye protection is most important when caring for patients who are unmasked. DUHS Infection Prevention teams have updated our recommendations for eye protection as follows:

  • Face shields will continue to be REQUIRED for care of patients on Special Airborne Contact isolation, Droplet, or Droplet/Contact isolation.
  • Eye protection is REQUIRED for all healthcare workers providing direct care to a patient who is unmasked.
    • Face shields are the preferred eye protection as they provide full coverage of the eyes and also protect the underlying face mask from potential contamination.
    • Groups with safety or functional concerns related to face shields may request alternate eye wear from their entity’s Command Center. Alternate eye wear requests will be approved by the Alternate PPE Task Force.
    • Individual healthcare workers may wear their own eye protection when not providing care to patients on Special Airborne Contact isolation, Droplet, or Droplet/Contact isolation
  • Face shields will be made available to all team members who interact with patients to wear at their discretion when working with masked patients.