Did you see the recent BBC Two Documentary ‘Inside the Care Crisis’ with Ed Balls? Whilst much of the information was fantastic there were some areas for concern, in particular the use of clear-panelled/transparent face masks when delivering personal and direct care.
Unfortunately, we still have not got an approved transparent/clear-panelled Type IIR surgical mask approved for use in the care sector.
We have heard that such products should arrive very soon, with several suppliers doing their final checks on these products.
As clear-panelled fluid resistant masks have not been approved by Technical Assurance these should not be worn when delivering care as the compliance remains unverified. If you are working in care, then a Fluid repellent surgical mask (Type IIR) should be used unless you are aerosol generating then a Type FFP3 should be used.
» Click here to watch the BBC Two ‘Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls’ Series 1, Episode 1 documentary
» Click here to watch the BBC Two ‘Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls’ Series 1, Episode 2
» Click here for the government PPE guide for care homes