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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for VNA Clinicians

Released: 1/5/2022 6:00:00 AM

Conduct a screening of your patients for COVID-19 symptoms. Do this prior to each home visit.

Ask that the patient and others who will be present for the visit wear a mask if able. Face masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Clinicians must wear a procedure / surgical face mask at all times during each visit. Cloth masks should not be worn by clinicians.

Proper use of masks:

  • Masks should not be worn hanging around the neck or under the chin. It is either ON or OFF
  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth and be pinched across the nose. All ear loops or ties must be worn as intended by the mask’s design
  • Decreasing the frequency of donning and doffing of procedure/surgical masks will decrease the risk of hand contamination
  • When wearing masks avoid touching your face or repositioning the mask to avoid hand contamination
  • Perform hand hygiene before putting on and after removing your mask, and after touching your face or mask

Recommendations for eye protection during patient care:

For COVID-19 positive or suspected positive patients, masks in conjunction with a face shield or goggles must be worn at all times during each visit.

A face shield or goggles should also be worn:

  • If the patient is not wearing a mask
  • Patient talking, laughing, coughing, crying, sneezing, vomiting, or spitting and you are within 6 feet
  • Pulsed lavage or vigorous irrigation during a procedure
  • During intubation or extubation
  • Aerosol generating procedures
  • Cough inducing procedures

Conduct the majority of your visit, if the plan of care allows, at a distance of 6 feet.

Perform proper hand hygiene before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious materials, and before putting on and removing PPE.

Updated 1-5-2022