[MCOH-EH] Sneeze guards at reception areas in healthcare settings

Tara Dockery tdockery at oceanbeachhospital.com
Wed May 27 13:52:55 PDT 2020

Yes we have in our admitting area, clinic reception area, and the physical therapy check in area.


Tara Lee Dockery, IP, MT(ASCP), BS | Infection Preventionist and Employee Health
Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics
174 1st Ave North | P.O. Box H | Ilwaco |WA | 98624
Phone: 360.642.6307 | Cell : 509-760-7397 | Fax: 360-642-6309  |tdockery at oceanbeachhospital.com<mailto:tdockery at oceanbeachhospital.com>

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Are you putting up acrylic "sneeze guards" in your  public areas?   Information desks?  Office receptionist areas?

We have a universal masking policy  for our employees, and in the outpatient offices, before they even get into the waiting room,  patients are temp and sx screened and are provided masks if they don't have them already.  Our patient visitors are masked also.

CDC and OSHA have not spec'ed out a design or performance criteria for a "sneeze guard".  Also, the logistical and housekeeping issues could be a challenge.

Appreciate the time you take to respond.

Ed Galaid

Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical Director, Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Occupational Medicine
Charleston, SC
Member, ACOEM Task Group,  Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers
Special Expert, NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health (FIX-AAA) Committee
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