Project Information

Year Round Masks

Project Description: Respiratory viral infections are frequent complications of hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Surgical masks are a simple and inexpensive intervention that may reduce nosocomial spread. In one clinical trial recently published in Clinical and Infectious Diseases (Sung et al. CID 2016: 63) there was a significant reduction in respiratory viral-related infections compared to historical control after instituting a year-round universal mask policy. We propose to institute a similar policy of universal mask protection in the BMT Unit and Clinic on 7th floor of the Cancer Hospital at UF Health. These units serve, not only those recipients of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation but also non-transplant, highly immune-compromised patients being treated and cared for with various hematological malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma as well as other bone marrow failure disorders (e.g. myelodysplasic syndromes, aplastic anemia, etc. ). The use of masks in this policy will include not only all medical staff involved in care for these high risk patients, but also the patients, their caregivers, and family members who visit them while hospitalized on 7 West or when accompanying them to a clinic visit on 7 East.

QPI: Jaime, Thomas, (

Collaborators: (; (; (; (; (; (; Tiffany, Rouillier, (; John, Hiemenz, (; Jamie, Dees, (

Advisors: John, Hiemenz, (

UF Health Big Aims: Zero Harm None

MeSH Keywords: Absenteeism, Masks, Upper Respiratory Infections, Pneumonia, Bone Marrow Transplant