Please ensure you have read the tranche 4 guidelines for the provision of P2/N95 masks as required by the Department of Health.
For routine primary care procedures, including specimen collection, surgical masks are effective. When specimen collection is undertaken they should be worn with other PPE as appropriate (gown, gloves and eye protection). P2/N95 respirators are only required for aerosol generating
procedures. See the relevant factsheet at: www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-use-of-personalprotective-equipment-ppe-in-non-inpatient-health-care-settings-during-the-covid-19-outbreak
If GPs lack the appropriate PPE to undertake contact and droplet precautions for clinical assessment and specimen collection from patients with suspected COVID-19, they should refer cases to appropriate collection centres or Emergency Departments.
PHNs are asked to conserve stocks of P2/N95 respirators as far as possible.
Distribution of P2/N95 respirators should be limited to general practices, including ACCHS, who need to assess suspected COVID-19 cases because of the unavailability of nearby dedicated respiratory clinics or Emergency Departments (e.g. in some rural and remote communities). Such
practices need to have isolation facilities and other appropriate infrastructure, staff competent in use of PPE, and a pandemic plan. P2/N95 respirators should only be used with other PPE (gowns, gloves, and eye protection).