Bayshore Home Health offers free respiratory mask fit testing for physicians and their office staff



    - Precautionary measure responds to recent flu outbreak -

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 1 /CNW/ - Bayshore Home Health is offering free fit
testing of the N95 mask to Canadian physicians and their office staff. The
program is a public service available at over 40 Bayshore Home Health branches
across the country. The test will be conducted by trained fit testers,
according to provincial health ministry guidelines and CSA standards.
    "We learned from SARS how critical it is to maintain the health of
physicians, nurses and other health care staff during an infectious disease
outbreak," says Holly Quinn, chief nursing officer for Bayshore Home Health.
"Doctors and their staff are on the front line when disease strikes and if
their health is affected they're unable to care for their patients."
    Disposable N95 respirator masks are worn by many health care workers as a
means of protecting themselves from airborne, respiratory diseases. The masks
provide a high level of respiratory protection by offering a 95% filter
efficiency and a tight facial seal. The fit-testing process involves selecting
the correct size and type of respirator mask. The fitting process also ensures
the individual knows how to use the mask correctly.
    Physicians and their office staff who are interested in getting fitted
for a mask, should contact their local Bayshore Home Health office. A list of
offices can be found at www.bayshore.ca along with a list of steps to take
prior to the test. It's not necessary to bring a mask to the test and a card
with an individual's personal mask specifications will be provided.
    "Bayshore is supporting the health of the community wherever we can,"
concludes Quinn. "We're working closely with government care programs and
other organizations to deliver home and community care services. Home care
plays a key role during a flu outbreak in keeping people who require on-going
health care out of hospitals where they are more likely to come into contact
with a wide range of viruses during a flu epidemic."

    About Bayshore Home Health

    Bayshore Home Health has been enhancing the quality of life, dignity and
independence of Canadians in their homes since 1966. Canadian owned and
operated, it is the country's largest provider of home and community health
care services, with more than 40 home care offices, 20 community care clinics
and 8,000 employees. Its core services are in-home nursing, personal care and
home support - which can be purchased directly by individuals and also
accessed through government care programs, personal and group insurance plans
and workplace safety insurance. Its caregivers deliver more than 5.2 million
hours of home care annually to over 57,000 clients. It also provides
nurse/caregiver staffing services, health education programs and treatments in
its dialysis centres. Its subsidiary, Bayshore Specialty Rx, offers infusion
pharmacy, infusion clinic and pharmaceutical support services to a variety of
health care and pharmaceutical organizations.





For further information:

For further information: Holly Quinn, Chief Nursing Officer, Bayshore
Home Health, (416) 524-6481, hquinn@bayshore.ca, www.bayshore.ca

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