Medical mouth-nose protection mandatory for patients and their family members

Essential information on the rules around face coverings.

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In line with the extended protective measures of the Berlin Senate to contain the coronavirus, all patients and relatives at the Charité will be required to wear a medical mouth-nose protection (MNS) - i.e. medical surgical masks or FFP masks without a valve - from January 24, 2021.

In inpatient areas

  • Inpatients will wear surgical masks in their rooms while in the presence of medical staff or visitors. They will also wear surgical masks if they need to leave their rooms and when spending time in waiting areas or receiving certain treatments such as psychotherapy or physiotherapy.
     
  • Staff will ensure all patients are issued with surgical masks. These can be reused and should therefore be stored in a way that minimizes cross-contamination.
     
  • The same rules apply to pediatric patients, provided they are old enough to wear a surgical mask.
     
  • Accompanying parents/carers who stay in hospital while their child receives treatment will be issued with a surgical mask. These masks must be worn when leaving the patient’s room and when staff are present in the patient’s room for an extended period of time.
     
  • All other visitors must don face masks before entering any ward (either their own surgical masks or FFP masks without a valve). Visitors who do not have their own protective masks will need to visit the ward’s nurses’ station where they will be issued with surgical masks
     
  • A minimum distance of 1.5 m from others must be maintained at all times.



In outpatient areas

  • Both patients and accompanying visitors must don face coverings (either their own surgical masks or FFP masks without a valve, or a hospital-issued surgical mask) before entering outpatient areas. This applies to all outpatient units, MVZs, PIA outpatient services, SPZ outpatient services and private consultations. Persons who do not have their own protective masks will need to visit the relevant outpatient unit’s reception desk where they will be issued with surgical masks

The minimum distance rule of 1.5 m from others also applies to all outpatient areas.