N-95 respirator fit testing in ambulatory care areas
In the spirit of ensuring Michigan Medicine is compliant with new PPE guidelines from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), UMMG leaders are in the process of identifying workflows to ensure appropriate staff members are fit tested for N-95 respirators.
According to the new guidelines, any health care worker who provides direct patient care to patients with confirmed COVID-19 or persons under investigation (PUIs) will need to wear gown, gloves, N-95 respirators and eye protection. This is in addition to existing Michigan Medicine guidelines on using an N-95 respirator, gown, gloves, and eye protection for aerosol-generating procedures.
At Michigan Medicine, a PUI is defined as any patient with symptoms concerning for COVID-19 who will be undergoing testing due to meeting the organization’s testing criteria.
If you work in an ambulatory care area and qualify for N-95 fit testing, your leadership team will be in touch to help schedule you for fit testing should that be necessary.