Shared Health has now developed three “risk zones” based on patient COVID risk factors with different PPE requirements:
- The Red Zone involves providing care to known COVID-19 patients
- The Orange Zone involves contact with suspect COVID-19 patients
- The Green Zone involves contact with non-COVID-19 patients.
The PPE you need depends on two key factors: the “zone” or risk level of your patient encounters and the care setting you work in.
For all care settings, the new guidelines suggest:
- Green Zones (Non-COVID patients) require procedure masks and eye protection. Gloves and gowns are only required if a point of care assessment determines a risk (e.g. MRSA). N95 respirators are only required for AGMPs or clinical concern for another airborne pathogen (e.g. TB)
- Orange Zone and Red Zones (suspect or confirmed COVID patients) now require N95 masks, though providers can opt to wear a procedure mask instead for non-AMGP patient care. Eye protection is required as well. Gloves and gowns should be worn as per routine precautions and additional procedures.
You can review the specific PPE recommendations for your care setting for green, orange and red zones.