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A study by researchers from the Henry Ford Health System published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that Henry Ford’s early implementation of a universal mask policy in the COVID-19 pandemic was linked to a reduction in the risk of health care workers at Henry Ford Acquire COVID -19.

By retrospectively analyzing an in-house hospital metrics analysis database that was not linked to electronic health records, researchers found a correlation between the implementation of Henry Ford’s Universal Mask Policy and a significant decrease in the rate at which health care workers were positive tested for SARS -CoV-2. As COVID-19 diagnoses and hospital stays continued to increase across the state of Michigan through March 2020, cases among Henry Ford’s health care workers began to decline. By the time the first peak in COVID-19 cases occurred in the general population, the case rate among Henry Ford’s healthcare workers was already declining.

“This study confirms the fact that wearing masks is effective in reducing the risk of acquiring COVID-19, and early confirmation of our decision to implement the Universal Mask Policy to not only protect our team members, but also to ensure that they are around they can care for members of the community who have contracted COVID-19, “said Dr. Steven Kalkanis, CEO of the Henry Ford Medical Group. “At Henry Ford Health System, our Universal Mask Policy, issued March 26, 2020, has ensured that all employees, whether clinical or non-clinical, surgical or procedural, are provided with masks and that employees wear a mask while at work and all other personal masks at the same time Follow Protective Equipment We hope the results of this study will continue to encourage members of the community to wear a mask that complies with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “

Healthcare workers are three times more likely to report positive tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, compared to the general population. This is the result of a study published in Lancet Public Health. As of March 22, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has had more than 450,000 SARS-CoV-2 infections among healthcare workers in the United States since the pandemic began and nearly 1,500 deaths related to COVID-19 reported health care workers.

From March 12 to August 10, 2020, 19.2% of Henry Ford’s healthcare workers were symptomatic of COVID-19 and had been subjected to SARS-CoV-2 tests. Before March 28-30 – the only point of change in the data when the rate of new cases began to trend lower – the likelihood that a healthcare worker tested would have a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result doubled all 4.5 to 7.5 days. After March 30, the chances of a tested health care worker getting a positive result decreased by half every 10.5 to 13.5 days.

“These efforts would not have been possible without the leadership of our executive team, including our President and CEO Wright Lassiter III, Dr. Steven Kalkanis, clinical director Dr. Adnan Munkarah, and operations manager Bob Riney,” said Dee Dee Wang, MD, director for structural heart imaging at Henry Ford Hospital and principal investigator on the study. “At a time when much was unknown about the novel coronavirus, this initiative really helped keep our healthcare workers safe. I would also like to thank Dr. Betty Chu, our Deputy Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Quality Officer, Dr. William O’Neill, Acknowledge, Director of our Structural Heart Disease Center, Dr. Geehan Suleyman, Medical Director for Infection Control, Dr. Marcus Zervos, Head of our Infectious Diseases Division, and so many others who were instrumental in creating and successfully implementing our universal mask involved politics. “

With the arrival of COVID variants in the community, health care workers and community members should remain vigilant and continue to wear a mask as per CDC recommendations even as COVID-19 vaccines are now introduced.

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More information:
Dee Dee Wang et al., Relationship Between Implementing a Universal Face Mask Policy for Healthcare Workers in a Healthcare System and the SARS-CoV-2 Positive Test Rate in Healthcare Workers, Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (2021). DOI: 10.1097 / JOM.0000000000002174 Provided by Henry Ford Health System

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