Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

COVID-19

Health Canada NOTICE: Fraudulent N95s

AHS does not have any fraudulent N95s in its supply; however, this notice underscores the risk of attempts to secure personal supplies for own use. Please do not bring your own PPE to work, and be advised of significant risks of relying on potentially fraudulent PPE in any setting. Read the Health Canada advisory.

Protecting Our People & Patients

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is critical to the health and safety of all healthcare workers, as well as the patients we care for.

The proper and appropriate use of all PPE is essential to ensuring that we have the supply of PPE that we need, for all providers who need it.

Information and supports on this page will help care providers in using PPE appropriately, and confidently.

Vanch (Procedure/Surgical) Mask Concerns

AHS is responding to concerns about new procedure masks supplied to our frontline. We hear you, and we are acting. Please find more information on the issue, and our response.

AHS is working with the supplier of these masks to ensure that nose piece and fit concerns will be addressed in future shipments; however, in the meantime, here is a tip on fitting the mask over your nose, straight from the frontlines:

AHS Guidelines for Continuous Masking & Use of Eye Protection

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, AHS has a continuous masking directive in place, as well as a requirement for continuous eye protection in AHS settings where frequent or unanticipated exposures to COVID-19 may occur.

Continuous Masking

Continuous masking is a requirement in accordance with the Directive: Use of Masks During COVID-19. This continuous masking strategy is in addition to use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of droplet and contact precautions. These guidelines will help you in your appropriate use of continuous masking.

Continuous Eye Protection

Continuous eye protection must be maintained in AHS settings where frequent or unanticipated exposures to COVID-19 may occur.

Continuous eye protection will also remain in place in settings that are initial points of contacts for patients or the public, and for those working in areas where there is a greater risk of spread of the virus. 
These include:

  • Screening areas;
  • Healthcare workers in EMS, Emergency Departments, Urgent Care or COVID Assessment Centres;
  • Other settings, including COVID units, or in those experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.

Eye protection must be utilized as part of Modified Respiratory Precautions, and Contact and Droplet Precaution or as directed by your Point of Care Risk Assessment.

Eye protection is now optional in all other areas and situations.

We each have a role to play in protecting each other – our patients, staff, physicians and volunteers. We thank all staff and physicians for continuing to follow this guidance, as we strive to provide exemplary care to all Albertans.

COVID-19

IPC measures are based on currently available scientific evidence and guidelines and are subject to review and change as new information becomes available.

Offers of Help

We are extremely grateful that many individuals and companies are interested in donating PPE to AHS. To help us evaluate all offers received, we have created ahscovidoffer@ahs.ca.

This email is monitored by AHS staff who respond to each request.

In order to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to patients, staff and donors, we respectfully ask that medical supply donations are not brought to AHS facilities. They cannot be accepted at sites. See more information on Offers of Support.

Aerosol-Generating Medical Procedure Guidance Tool

This list of Aerosol-Generating Medical Procedures (AGMPs) is based on current evidence. This list is subject to an ongoing review process, and will be updated accordingly. Please continue to revisit this list, as guidance may evolve.

PPE Question of the Week

PPE Tip of The Day

The daily series - PPE Tip of the Day – features quick and simple reminders you can take forward into your practice, from shift to shift. If you have any questions about the tips, or suggestions for new tips, please email ppe@ahs.ca.

Questions?

For any questions or further information about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Alberta, please email ppe@ahs.ca.