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N95 mask use to place PICCs

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Just wondering if any PICC nurses are using N95's when they place PICC lines

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

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What would the rationale be to use N95 masks when placing a PICC? They are intended for use in airborne concerns. Any splashback from a PICC insertion would be in droplet form.

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Well I was called in to the ED and the patient was sick with a high fever of 103. I have read some things about CV and they are now feeling it can be airborne. A lot is unknown. I am 70 yrs old and my husband is high risk.  Am I being paranoid? My daughter just wants me to retire! I am not ready!

 

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

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OK, so the additional information changes things. It's not the PICC that requires extra precautions. However, the facility should have screening protocols in place to determine what kind of PPE would be required for the patient in question. There are many things that can cause a fever; Covid-19 is only one of them. What were the staff in the ED caring for the patient doing as far as PPE?

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