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: 2:00 pm ET, March 30

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. 

    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
    University of Florida
    • Alternative to N95: Surgical wrap masks (March) 
      Anesthesiologists at the University of Florida have created respirator masks made out of surgical blue wrap, which they say is effective to block particulate matter.

    Infection prevention

    CDC recommended guidance for extended use and limited reuse of N95 filtering facepiece respirators in healthcare settings (2018) 

    Effects of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) on N95 respirator filtration performance and structural integrity, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (2015)

    Filter quality of electret masks in filtering 14.6-594 nm aerosol particles: Effects of 5 decontamination methods, PlOS (2015) 

    Free PDF on reusability of facemasks during an influenza pandemic from National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine (2006)

    Free PDF on reusable elastomeric respirators in health care: Considerations for routine and surge use from National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine (2019)

    Cleaning

    EPA list of disinfectants for use against COVID-19 (March 19)
     
    CDC infection control guidance (March 10)

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

    Association for the Health Care Environment coronavirus environmental services resources 

    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 (February 28)

    Surgical services

    Evidence-based approach to Perioperative infection control and OR management for COVID-19 from Anesthesia & Analgesia journal (March 24)

    American Society for Anesthesiologists guidance (March 22)

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

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

    Food 

    How hospitals can address community food insecurity (March 24)
    Copia coordinates the donation of food from hospitals to nonprofit food pantries and food banks. Join a Q&A session hosted by Copia to learn how to get started with food rescue and donation at your facility. These sessions will be offered: 

    • March 26, 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET
    • March 27, 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET
    • March 30, 9 a.m. PT, 12 p.m. ET
    • April 1, 12 p.m. PT, 3 p.m. ET

    USDA food and nutrition services COVID-19 response resources (March 19)

    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 (March 22)

    Stericycle COVID-19 guidance (March 16)
    Guidance on segregation, packing, and removal of health care waste. 

    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 (March 10)

    If you have suggested resources for this page, please contact us.

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