Currently, the employees to whom it will be recommended to wear gauze masks in public are those for whom it is not possible to maintain at all times the distancing physics of two metres, in kitchens or offices, for example.
22 April 2020 14h47
Updated at 21h32
Masks fabric CIUSSS of the National Capital
The risk of a shortage of medical masks has forced the CIUSSS of the National Capital to find a plan B: the school ordered some 11 000 masks in fabric, which it will distribute to its staff “in the areas where it is not possible to maintain at all times the distancing physics of two metres”.
“When we started to look for the masks in fabric – it’s been almost two and a half weeks – it was at risk of being in shortage of actual masks in the region of Quebec, and as it has a lot of facilities to the CIUSSS of the Capitale-Nationale […], we wanted to make sure you have access to an alternative”, explains in an interview Karine Boissonneault, clinical nurse in prevention and control of infections.
Ms. Boissonneault said that the CHU Sainte-Justine had already done research on the masks and cloth that he had even ordered for his administrative staff or employees who are not in contact with the users. “We know that these masks are not approved by Health Canada, but they offer protection against droplets,” said the nurse clinician stating that the CIUSSS does not want these masks to be used in the care units (for the moment), “and even less in the units where there are cases of COVID-19”.
“There is no shortage of masks in process currently, but if it was, which is recommended [for public health], this is to wear only a visor to work in contact with the users. In the case of real scarcity, we would recommend wearing a mask cloth in addition to the visor at any time for employees who work in the units of care”, states Ms. Boissonneault.
If there was real scarcity, the masks of procedure disposable would be reserved to units where there are cases of COVID-19, she said.
Currently, therefore, the employees to whom it will be recommended to wear gauze masks in public are those for whom it is not possible to maintain at all times the distancing physics of two metres, in kitchens or offices, for example. “When two people are wearing a mask, it is considered that the risk of contamination is low,” explains Karine Boissonneault.
The masks in fabric have been ordered to a cooperative of seamstresses created in Montreal, but which also have branches in Quebec (co-Op Seamstresses Pop). They are made with the same fabric as the work uniforms of employees, ” said Ms. Boissonneault. The members of the staff of the CIUSSS who will be wearing these masks will be responsible for their maintenance, “in the same way as that of their uniform or work clothes regular”.
Since the mask cloth must be replaced after four hours of use, the CIUSSS provide six to each of the employees concerned, the precise setting.