How to provide respirators for visitors to TB facilities?
I was hoping some of you can share your experiences in providing N95 respirators (or FFP2) to family members visiting TB ward or hospitals. Despite trying to switch to a community based model of care, we still have hundreds of inpatients and various TB facilities. Currently, visitors to these facilities are not provided with respiratory protection. However this will change in the very near future. So, from an IMPLEMENTATION point of view, how have other programs handled this? A new respirator for every visitor for every visit will not be possible due to the expense. But asking visitors to reuse respirators is complicated. Further complicating things is the lack of staff to instruct visitors on proper donning and care of the respirator. Placing respirators and signage at entrances is also difficult as they will likely disappear for various reasons. Access in general to the facilities is poorly controlled.
So given all of these challenges, I’m curious to hear your experiences and suggestions regarding this matter.
Susan Adolph, RN
ICO for MSF in Uzbekistan/Tajikistan