The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) Pandemic. This memorandum provides interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the Respiratory Protection standard with regard to supply shortages of disposable … Continue reading “Updated OSHA Guidance on Respiratory Protection during COVID-19 Panedemic”
The FDA developed a frequently asked questions document on shortages of PPE for infection control in healthcare. Read the FDA FAQ document.
Read the latest information from CDC on what is known about possible coronavirus transmission between people and their pets.
CDC has provided interim guidance regarding discontinuing transmission-based precautions and discharging hospitalized patients with COVID-19. You can learn more about criteria for discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions here: Disposition of Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, it is important to promptly identify, separate, and put facemasks on those patients who are ill. This CDC guidance includes general steps for screening patients for COVID-19 at intake, considerations for staff, and steps after a patient is screened. To learn more, please read: Screening Dialysis Patients for COVID-19.
All U.S. outpatient dialysis facilities should be prepared for the possible arrival of patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This checklist is not a list of mandatory requirements; rather, it highlights important areas CDC recommends outpatient dialysis facilities review in preparation for potential arrivals of COVID-19 patients. Click here to learn more.
This new factsheet includes information on when and what PPE is necessary, how to don (put on) and doff (take off) PPE, limitations of PPE, and proper care, maintenance, and disposal of PPE. Read the new CDC fact sheet.
CMS issued new recommendations to state and local governments and long-term care facilities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These recommendations build on and strengthen recent guidance from CMS and CDC related to effective implementation of longstanding infection control procedures. Read the CMS COVID-19 LTC Facility Guidance.
Although COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes, CDC has provided updated information on what we do know. Read CDC’s webpage, How COVID-19 Spreads.
CDC has issued revisions to its Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment. Click here for more information.