Flowers Hospital addresses concerns regarding staff not wearing surgical masks

Flowers Hospital addressed recent concerns regarding why some hospital staff members are not wearing masks while working in the health-care facility.

According to a statement released by the hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not currently recommend a mask for caregivers who are not taking care of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

“We are continuing to educate our team members on infection-prevention protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control for COVID-19, which includes proper use of personal protective equipment,” said Emily Darnell, director of marketing for Flowers. “We are continuously monitoring the guidelines and updates from the CDC so we can adjust our infection control measures as necessary.”

Flowers currently reports no confirmed COVID-19 cases.

“We have been and will continue to screen and test patients as deemed medically necessary,” Darnell said. “When a patient meets the criteria for COVID-19, they are given a surgical mask to wear, isolated in a private room or separate area away from other patients, and a small group of properly protected staff will care for that patient.”

Darnell stressed that the safety of the staff and patients continues to be the hospital’s first priority, “just as it always is.

“Our hospital has a plan based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect patient, staff and physicians while providing necessary medical care,” she said.

For the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic, visit www.dothan eagle.com/coronavirus.

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