H1N1 surgical masks—instructional office poster

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 51 , No. 10 , December 2009 , Pages 453 News

Patients visiting your office with a fever or cough should wear a surgical mask while waiting to be seen. It is important that the patient puts the mask on properly, otherwise the purpose is defeated. 

The BCMA has designed an in­structional poster for physician offices. The step-by-step instructions show pa­tients how to tie and secure a surgical mask over the nose and mouth area.

Please visit www.bcma.org/files/tHiNk_H1N1_POSTERSIZE.pdf (11 x 17) or www.bcma.org/files/tHiNk_H1N1_LETTERSIZE.pdf (8.5 x 11) to print a copy of the poster, and display it prominently in your waiting area.

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