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We’re reproducing the recent SWAST CEO Bulletin article (below) on non-clinical mask wearing and also want to re-iterate the importance of using the correct level of PPE during clinical practice. We do this in the certain knowledge that the second Covid-19 wave is very challenging for all of us. There is also a greater emphasis by SWAST for its staff to adhere to PPE rules that will include reminders and, if necessary, informal/formal processes. We wouldn’t want to see any member face any health or workplace issues as a result of non-compliance.

Stay safe and thanks to everyone for what they do.

Outside of clinical practice, the following key changes have been made to the requirements to wear a surgical mask:

  • The decision making process has been simplified, with the removal of the 15 minute requirement for being within 2m of another person. If you’re likely to be within 2m of another person, a mask is required.
  • A mask is now required to be worn at all times (unless eating or drinking) at any site where there is a confirmed COVID-19 staff outbreak. 

There is a flowchart that may act as a useful aide memoir to support decision making, with detailed supporting information here.

I would urge all staff to ensure that they familiarise themselves with the updated requirements and wear a mask to protect yourselves and your colleagues.

Within clinical practice, the COVID-19 IPC Guidance for Ambulance Trusts continue to apply, and can be viewed via the JRCALC app. Full level 2 PPE must be worn to all incidents, with level 3 being used by all clinicians caring for patients when an aerosol generating procedure is conducted