CDC Issues Guidance on Immunizations During Pandemic: FP Experts Provide Insights, Vaccination Tips (06/30/20) ▸
To help ensure that patients continue to receive needed vaccines while safeguarding clinicians and staff, the CDC has issued new interim guidance(www.cdc.gov) for immunization services during the pandemic.
Donning and Doffing N95 (06/30/20) ▸
The intent of this video is to show team members how to Don/Doff appropriately when caring for patients when and severe respiratory precautions such as those who have tested positive for or are suspected to have COVID-19. This video will show you how to Don or Doff your PPE if you are entering a patient’s room with a surgical mask or N95 mask.
Donning and Doffing PAPR (06/30/20) ▸
The intent of this video is to show team members how to Don/Doff appropriately when caring for patients when and severe respiratory precautions such as those who have tested positive for or are suspected to have COVID-19. This video will show you how to Don or Doff your PPE if you are entering a patient’s room with a PAPR.
Training for Healthcare Professionals (06/30/20) ▸
Comprehensive training information for healthcare professionals in clinical care and infection control, PPE, NPIs, Emergency Preparedness and Response and additional topics.
Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (06/30/20) ▸
This interim guidance is for clinicians caring for patients with confirmed infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC will update this interim guidance as more information becomes available.
Framework for Healthcare Systems Providing Non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic (06/30/20) ▸
As the pandemic continues, healthcare systems must balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and healthcare personnel (HCP). Because the effects of COVID-19 vary among communities, healthcare systems will also need to consider the local level of COVID-19 transmission when making decisions about the provision of medical services. This document provides a framework for the delivery of non-COVID clinical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic, considerations may change over time and vary by practice type and setting.
Infection Prevention and Control During Health Care When Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is Suspected or Confirmed (06/29/20) ▸
This document provides interim guidance on infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies during health care when coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is suspected or confirmed. It is intended for health workers, including health-care managers and IPC teams at the facility level, but it is also relevant for the national and district/provincial levels. In this updated version, the scope and structure of the earlier guidance have been expanded with several new or revised sections, bringing together other interim recommendations as well as considerations and advice from international experts.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in U.S. Children and Adolescents (06/29/20) ▸
Understanding the epidemiology and clinical course of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and its temporal association with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is important, given the clinical and public health implications of the syndrome.
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks (06/28/20) ▸
These considerations are intended for use by federal, state, and local public health officials; leaders in occupational health services and infection prevention and control programs; and other leaders in healthcare settings who are responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for preventing pathogen transmission in healthcare settings.
Management of Visitors to Healthcare Facilities in the Context of COVID-19: Non-US Healthcare Settings (06/28/20) ▸
This document provides guidance to healthcare facilities on the management of visitors to reduce the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19 virus, to visitors of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This document also considers preventing introduction of SARS-CoV2 into healthcare facilities by visitors during periods of community transmission; the risk of introduction into facilities increases as community transmission becomes more widespread. Facilities should establish policies and procedures for managing, screening, educating, and training all visitors.
Standardized Procedure for Broad-Based Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Congregate Settings: Considerations for Health Departments and Healthcare Providers (06/27/20) ▸
This document is intended to help public health departments and healthcare providers prepare for broad-based viral testing in facilities after known or suspected SARS-CoV-2 exposure or when there is moderate to substantial transmission in the community, based on guidance for specific settings.
COVID 19 Testing – Guide for Physicians (06/26/20) ▸
The number and types of available tests vary widely based on geographic region and health care facility. If a patient is suspected of having COVID-19 and tests aren’t available, clinicians should work with local and state public health offices to determine where and how patients can access coronavirus tests in the community.
COVID-19 Practice Financial Assistance (06/26/20) ▸
There are several mechanisms in the CARES Act to assist in mitigating financial shortfalls due to COVID-19.
Rapid Hospital Readiness Checklist: Tool (06/26/20) ▸
The Rapid hospital readiness checklist for COVID-19 assesses hospital governance, structures, plans and protocols to help countries rapidly determine current capacities and gaps of hospitals to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify major areas that require investment and action and to develop hospital readiness improvement plans. The tool can be used periodically to monitor hospital emergency operational readiness capacity development.
Evidence Used to Update the List of Underlying Medical Conditions that Increase a Person’s Risk of Severe Illness from COVID-19 (06/25/20) ▸
Updates to the list of underlying medical conditions that put individuals at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 were based on published reports, articles in press, unreviewed pre-prints, and internal data available between December 1, 2019 and May 29, 2020.
CDC Updates, Expands List of People at Risk of Severe COVID-19 Illness (06/25/20) ▸
Based on a detailed review of available evidence to date, CDC has updated and expanded the list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19.
CMS: Clinicians Can Apply for COVID-19 MIPS Exception (06/25/20) ▸
Clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2020 whose practice was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency may apply for an exception to reweight the MIPS performance categories, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday.