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How do you manage your PPE in a mixed Covid and non-Covid floor?

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by Lana717 Lana717 (New) New Nurse

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It's been quite challenging, as I have one mask, coverall suit, and face shield for the shift. We're told to spray our suit with bleach solution when moving from a confirmed Covid pt room to a non-Covid or r/o Covid.

It's awful to think I'm inadvertently spreading the virus to non-Covid patients.

Also curious if you are wearing coverall suits (e.g. Tyvek) or the typical contact precaution isolation gown with your Covid patients?

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Naturally Brilliant has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Your unit has a mix of Corona and non-Corona patients?!

Wоw.

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Yes we are mixed! Initially we were the only non-Covid floor in the hospital, but we're in a hot spot area.. so we started getting Covid patients too.

It's been a logistical nightmare. I can't help but think there's no amount of cleaning myself in between patients that guarantees I'm not spreading the virus!

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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We not only segregated these patients to specific inpatient med surg units we also built a wall down the middle of out ICU so that staff are either COVID or non-COVID and don't mix. We are using isolation gowns, not Tyvek suits.

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3 minutes ago, Rose_Queen said:

We not only segregated these patients to specific inpatient med surg units we also built a wall down the middle of out ICU so that staff are either COVID or non-COVID and don't mix. We are using isolation gowns, not Tyvek suits.

That's a lot safer than what we're doing. You just confirmed my suspicions our administration is not doing a good job to protect our patients.

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