During outbreaks and pandemics, such as COVID-19 or influenza, appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand hygiene are critical in protecting yourself, your practice team members and your patients and preventing further of viruses.
This video demonstrates how to fit a P2/N95 mask.
Dr Penny Burns, FRACGP
Dr Jonathan Adams, FRACGP
A P2/N95 mask provides a higher level of protection than a basic surgical mask and is used when airborne precautions are required. To put on a P2/N95 mask, first select a mask that fits you well. Holding the mask with the metal strip face up, pull out both straps. Tuck the bottom of the mask under your chin and cover your nose. Stretch the straps behind your head placing one above the ears and one below. Take your fingers and press down on the metal strip to mold it to the bridge of your nose. Press around the edges of the mask too, in order to ensure a seal against your cheeks and face. The mask should fit tightly and be sealed all the way around. Check the seal by breathing in and out while placing your hands along the top and sides of the mask. You should not be able to feel any air leakage and the mask should be drawn in when inhaling. If you notice a leak or cannot achieve a good seal, adjust the mask as needed or try a different style or size of mask. Please note that it can be difficult to guarantee a good seal if you have facial hair. People with facial hair should consider shaving before using a P2/N95 mask.