Which equipment?

Hands

How to disinfect your hands

Using a hydroalcoholic gel solution (for 20 seconds)

Using water and plenty of soap (for 60 seconds)

Mask

Which mask to use?

According to the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), hygiene / surgical masks are sufficient to protect against droplet infections during non-aerosol-generating procedures.

According to the WHO, medical staff wearing a mask homemade from clothing are at greater risk of infection than those equipped with a mask intended for this purpose. They are therefore not suitable for the practice of a medical profession.

For essential treatments for symptomatic patients, or aerosol-generating treatments (respiratory physiotherapy, physical exercise), the FOPH recommends wearing:

  • FFP 2 – 3 mask
  • safety goggles / protective visor (to be disinfected between patients)
  • a gown
  • vinyl (or latex) powder-free gloves

 

When to wear a mask?

During each treatment with a patient

  • Put the mask on before entering the patient’s home
  • Remove the mask when leaving the patient’s home

 

How to use a mask?
  • Before putting a mask on, wash / disinfect hands
  • Apply the mask with the coloured part facing out and the metal tab at the top, so the mask covers the nose and mouth
  • Adjust the tab on the nose to limit leaks
  • Adjust the mask at the neck
  • Be sure to adjust it to the best fit for your face in order to limit any gaps between the mask and your face
  • Do not touch the mask once fitted and do not allow it to rest on the neck or the forehead. If you do touch the mask, wash / disinfect your hands and change your mask
  • Change the mask if it becomes damp
  • To take the mask off, remove it from behind (without touching the front of the mask), discard it immediately in a sealed bin and wash / disinfect your hands
  • Do not reuse a single-use mask