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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention face-shields are an important form of protection from the virus.

INTEGRIS Provides Face-Shields to Caregivers

INTEGRIS will be issuing individual face-shields to all patient-facing caregivers by the end of the week. The massive effort is the result of months of planning, the generosity of Hobby Lobby for providing the supplies, and the endless tenacity and skill of countless volunteers.

We told you last week that a team from INTEGRIS Volunteer Services and other staff were making eye protection and face-shields for our caregivers on the frontlines of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Now, we are happy to announce that they have completed a large enough amount that we can start distributing them to all our patient facing employees. We will deliver the face-shields in phases, with caregivers in the most high-risk areas (like the emergency room and intensive care units) receiving them first.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention face-shields are an important form of protection from the virus. 

COVID-19 is primarily transmitted by droplets in the air. When used appropriately, face-shields can prevent these droplets from reaching a person’s face. They can also prevent a person from physically touching their face, which is another way this novel coronavirus is spread.

In the video below, David Chansolme, M.D., Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health explains the value of face-shields in lessening the risk of droplet exposure.

While we still do not have enough actual masks to hand-out to all our caregivers, it is believed that these face-shields will offer a vital layer of protection and some much-needed peace of mind.

The face-shields started being delivered Wednesday, April 1 and we should have them passed out statewide by Friday, April 3.

Further instruction will be given on how to don and doff the face-shield, as well as how to appropriately clean and store it for extended use. Should a face-shield become damaged or destroyed over time, that caregiver will be issued a new one.

We understand the fear and stress associated with this pandemic, but we are working tirelessly to ensure our caregivers have the supplies they need to feel safe and supported through this unprecedented event.

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David Chansolme, M.D., explains the value of face-shields in lessening the risk of droplet exposure.