These help to protect the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids.
For employees working in onstage clinical spaces (such as clinics, inpatient units, procedural units, or clinical hallways), a face shield is required to be worn in addition to a medical-grade mask.
The forehead band should sit approximately 1/2 – 1 inch above the eyebrows, with the bottom of the shield sitting below chin level.
For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
Your shield should be cleaned after the shield is removed when in direct patient care and on a regular basis when working in a non-patient care area (i.e. office). If your shield is soiled, clean with soap and water then disinfect.
Your face shield can build up a ‘film’ over time. After you disinfect your shield you may wash it with hot water and soap. This may help prevent build up from the disinfectant.
Disposable shields may be used as long as they keep their shape and remain intact.
Replacement screens should be changed if it is damaged (broken attachment holes, heavily scratched). However, you should disinfect the shield after each use.