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Facial Coverings Policies and Procedures Policy

Policy: In accordance with the Florida Statutes §408.824 and the standards set forth in the Florida Administrative Code 59AER23-1 and -2, Villas at Killearn Lakes has adopted the following policy regarding the use of facial coverings for infection control by Elder, visitors, staff members and others coming into the Facility.

 

Procedure

  1. The Villas at Killearn Lakes does not require the universal use of facial coverings by persons in order to gain access to, entry upon, service from, or admission to the facility or otherwise discriminate against persons based on their refusal to wear a facial covering.

  2. Persons who freely choose to wear facial coverings while within the Villas at Killearn Lakes facility may do so based upon their personal preference.

  3. Facial coverings remain an important intervention in preventing respiratory bacterial and viral transmission. The Villas at Killearn Lakes and its health care practitioners may choose to require an Elder to wear a facial covering only when the Elder is in a common area of the facility and is exhibiting signs or symptoms of or has been diagnosed as having an infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission.

  4. The Villas at Killearn Lakes and its health care practitioners may choose to require a visitor to wear a facial covering only when the visitor is:

    1. exhibiting signs or symptoms of or has a diagnosed infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission;

    2. in sterile areas of the facility or an area where sterile procedures are being performed;

    3. in an Elder or clinical room with an Elder who is exhibiting signs or symptoms of or has a diagnosed infectious disease that can be spread through droplet or airborne transmission;

    4. visiting an Elder whose treating health care practitioner has diagnosed the patient with or confirmed a condition affecting the immune system in a manner which is known to increase risk of transmission of an infection from employees without signs or symptoms of infection to a patient and whose treating practitioner has determined that the use of facial coverings is necessary to the Elder’s safety.

Opt-out Requirements of 59AER23-2 when facial coverings are being required.

  1. The Villas at Killearn Lakes will follow the regulations of 59AER23-2 for persons requesting to opt-out of wearing a facial covering.

  2. Villas at Killearn Lakes and its health care practitioners who choose to require a facial covering for any Elder will provide for the opting-out of wearing a facial covering that is in accordance with the Florida Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, section 381.026, F.S., including the following:

    1. 381.026 (5) Responsibilities Of Patients.- Each patient of a health care provider or health care facility shall respect the health care provider’s and health care facility’s right to expect behavior on the part of patients which, considering the nature of their illness, is reasonable and responsible.

    2. 381.026 (4)(b)3. Rights Of Patients - A patient has the right to be given by his or her health care provider information concerning diagnosis, planned course of treatment, alternatives, risks, and prognosis, unless it is medically inadvisable or impossible to give this information to the patient, in which case the information must be given to the patient’s guardian or a person designated as the patient’s representative. A patient has the right to refuse this information.

    3. 381.026 (4)(b)4. Rights Of Patients - A patient has the right to refuse any treatment based on information required by this paragraph, except as otherwise provided by law. The responsible provider shall document any such refusal.

    4. 381.026 (4)(b)5. Rights Of Patients - A patient in a health care facility has the right to know what facility rules and regulations apply to patient conduct

 

  3Villas at Killearn Lakes and its health care practitioners who choose to require a facial covering for any       visitor will provide for the opting-out of wearing a facial covering when requested by the visitor if an alternative method of infection control or infectious disease prevention is available based upon the individual resident’s and visitor’s circumstance.

  4. As a health care provider, the Villas at Killearn Lakes will allow an employee to opt out of facial covering requirements unless an employee is:

a. Conducting sterile procedures

b. Working in a sterile area,

c. Working with a patient whose treating health care practitioner has diagnosed the patient with or confirmed a condition affecting the immune system in a manner which is known to increase risk of transmission of an infection from employees without signs or symptoms of infection to a patient and whose treating practitioner has determined that the use of facial coverings is necessary for the patient’s safety,

d. With a patient on droplet or airborne isolation, or

e. Engaging in non-clinical potentially hazardous activities that require facial coverings to prevent physical injury or harm in accordance with industry standards.

 

 

References Florida Administrative Code 59AER23-1 and 2 Definitions and Standards for the Appropriate Use of Facial Coverings for Infection Control Florida Statutes §408.824 Chapter 2023-43, Laws of Florida

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