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Thank you all for flexing so rapidly into the Alert Level 4 way of doing things (again!).
It is so important we all keep ourselves safe whilst we determine the scope of this outbreak and continue to care for our patients.
Please use the Primary Care Quick Refence Guide for guidance on assessing and testing the undifferentiated respiratory illness and those at risk of COVID-19 infection.
We wish to clarify the instructions in the advice around when a P2/N95 mask might be applicable.
As we are all in Alert level 4 the following principles of access to central supply for P2/N95 apply:
Health professionals who:
Each box of 3M particulate respirators has fit check instructions. To fit check the particulate respirator, users can either perform a positive-pressure or negative-pressure seal check:
· A positive-pressure check means covering the mask with your clean hands and exhaling. If the seal is good, the respirator will bulge slightly. If not, that indicates that air is leaking around the edges of the respirator.
Red streaming of all undifferentiated respiratory illness is necessary.
Ideally your Red Stream includes:
COVID-19 Health Supply Chain
COVID-19 Health System Response, Ministry of Health l www.moh.govt.nz