Changes to PPE requirements in relation to MET call and Code Blue have evolved as the landscape around COVID-19 has changed.
These requirements vary according to a range of factors, primarily on whether or not there is suspicion or confirmed COVID-19, and whether or not the MET or Code Blue is internal, or an external Code Blue.
- All internal MET and Code Blues where there is no suspicion of COVID-19 are managed with Tier 0 (surgical masks) plus, as per standard precautions, eye protection.
- All internal MET and Code Blues where there is suspicion of or confirmed COVID-19 – and all external Code Blues – are managed in Tier 2 PPE.
- The airway management for suspected and confirmed COVID-19 are in Tier 3.