COVID-19 update

Published: 03/19/2020 - 09:44
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We recognize the burden our community is under. Many of you are on the front lines of this unfolding crisis caring for people with COVID-19. From all the staff at Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, thank you for your tireless work during this unprecedented time. We have heard countless stories of hope, community, and compassion from across the health care sector. We are all humbled and inspired by you.

Supporting our health care partners remains our priority. At a time when there are few answers, we welcome you to share your thoughts and challenges so we may begin a dialogue around solutions. We are here to support in any way we can. Please reach out to your member engagement representative or email us directly.


Resources 

Last updated: 2:36 pm ET, April 2

The following list of resources offers ideas and solutions to some of the challenges you may be facing at your facility in managing the COVID-19 crisis. We will regularly update this page with new information. 

    Resource lists

    These resource lists by trusted organizations are updated regularly. 

    AORN clinical information to support nurses and health care teams

    ECRI COVID-19 resources for supply chain

    AHRMM recommendations on COVID-19 for health care supply chain

    Association for the Health Care Environment coronavirus environmental services resources

    FDA current emergency use authorizations 
    Guidance on personal protective equipment including sterilization and reprocessing.

    National PPE Coalition 
    A coordinated group organizations collaborating to source PPE for health care

    American Hospital Association PPE information and guidance
    Information, policies, procedures and best practices around PPEs including supplying from home, decontamination, and reuse. 

    Webinar

    April 3 webinar on Protecting health care workers: Reuse and decontamination of N95 respirators presented by ACOEM

    Supply chain

    CDC

    ECRI
    FDA
    American Hospital Association
    ASPR

    Infection prevention

    CDC decontamination and reuse of filtering facepiece respirators using contingency and crisis capacity strategies.
    Based on the limited research available, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, vaporous hydrogen peroxide, and moist heat showed the most promise as potential methods to decontaminate respirators.

    Association of Medical Device Reprocessors (ADMR) Statement On COVID-19 Response
    Recommended actions on communication and coordination with off-site 3rd-party reprocessors.

    CDC recommended guidance for extended use and limited reuse of N95 filtering facepiece respirators in healthcare settings 

    Effects of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) on N95 respirator filtration performance and structural integrity, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 

    Filter quality of electret masks in filtering 14.6-594 nm aerosol particles: Effects of 5 decontamination methods, PlOS 

    Free PDF on reusability of facemasks during an influenza pandemic from National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine 

    Free PDF on reusable elastomeric respirators in health care: Considerations for routine and surge use from National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine 

    Cleaning

    EPA list of disinfectants for use against COVID-19 
     
    CDC infection control guidance 

    CDC interim recommendations: Steps for health care professionals to take with patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19

    Facility management

    Center for Health Design’s COVID-19 resources for health care facilities
    Guidance on using building design to minimize the impact of infections and transmittable diseases in healthcare facilities, isolation rooms.

    Six ASHE recommendations for facilities managers during COVID-19 from Health Facilities Management 

    Surgical services

    Evidence-based approach to Perioperative infection control and OR management for COVID-19 from Anesthesia & Analgesia journal 

    American Society for Anesthesiologists guidance 

    AORN environmental services toolkit
    Education and guidelines for cleaning in perioperative services

    AORN COVID-19 toolkit 
    Infection prevention and supply usage recommendations for perioperative services

    Food 

    How hospitals can address community food insecurity 
    Copia coordinates the donation of food from hospitals to nonprofit food pantries and food banks. Listen to a recording of a Q&A session hosted by Copia to learn how to get started with food rescue and donation at your facility. To get started contact Kimberly Smith at kimberly@gocopia.com

    USDA food and nutrition services COVID-19 response resources 

    New England regional producers are ready to provide access to fresh, healthy food. Spreadsheet from Farm to Institution New England details what food is available.

    Waste

    OSHA COVID-19 control and prevention guidance 
    Proper management of regulated (red bag) and non-regulated (municipal solid waste) management. 

    CDC COVID-19 frequently asked infection prevention and waste management questions 

    Stericycle COVID-19 guidance 
    Guidance on segregation, packing, and removal of health care waste. 

    Health Care waste management: Coronavirus update
    The latest information and recommendations on how to address waste management in a coronavirus context from Health Care Without Harm experts.

    WHO water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19

    Personnel and personnel training

    National Institutes of Health COVID-19 training for health care workers

    National Center for PTSD managing health care workers’ stress associated with COVID-19 outbreak


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