Take pride in prevention and limit the spread of COVID-19

August 10, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

As employees at one of the premier academic medical centers in the world, all eyes are on us to make sure we are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19.

That’s true both within the walls of Michigan Medicine facilities and when you are out in the community.

Fortunately, there are easy steps all faculty and staff should be taking to protect those around you. And taking these steps will allow you to take pride in the work you are doing and the example you are setting.

Mask, remind, thank

Everyone on the Michigan Medicine campus — and main U-M campus — is required to wear a mask or face covering at all times.

That means a mask must be worn from the moment you leave your car to enter a facility until the moment you get back in your car to leave for the day. Nobody should be walking through a parking structure or parking lot without a mask on.

This requirement extends to other enclosed spaces, including university shuttles and buses. The few exceptions include while you are eating or drinking or if you are in an enclosed individual office with your door closed. Talking on the phone or providing dictation are NOT acceptable exceptions to the mask policy.

If you see somebody not adhering to the organization’s mask policy, practice the high reliability skill of speaking up for safety and politely remind them to put on a mask. And if you are reminded, carry out the HRO principle of thanking your colleagues for looking out for your safety, their safety, and the safety of everyone at Michigan Medicine.

Why it’s so important

It is well established that people without any symptoms can be carriers of the novel coronavirus and pass it on simply by talking, coughing or sneezing when they are near others and not wearing a mask. A mask protects the spread of the virus should you have it.

Wearing a mask also helps keep you safe from potentially contracting COVID-19.

A flyer available from the World Health Organization provides guidelines for how to wear a medical mask safely, and Michigan Medicine has developed a tip sheet for how to wear non-medical cloth face coverings. It is everyone’s responsibility to wear masks, and to speak up when others are not.

Speak up for safety

Michigan Medicine is committed to keeping the curve flattened across Michigan, and it is up to all of us to play a role in making sure the recent slight uptick in cases does not grow even more.

These efforts stem from the very reason every faculty and staff member entered the health care field in the first place: to help people and keep them safe.

If you see something or someone not following protocols and policies, say something. If they still do not comply, elevate your concerns to your supervisor.

Thank you for taking pride in prevention and working hard to save lives at Michigan Medicine and in your community.