Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Strategies to Optimize the Supply of PPE and Equipment [Webpage]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Information Packet or Sheet Training Material
Published: April 3, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
Tel: Switchboard: (404) 639-3311 Public Inquiries: (404) 639-3534 / 800-232-4636
This webpage explains personal protective equipment (PPE) is used every day by healthcare personnel (HCP) to protect themselves, patients, and others when providing care, and that PPE shortages are currently posing a tremendous challenges to the healthcare system because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Optimization strategies for PPE are then offered for use when PPE supplies are stressed, running low, or absent. The webpage begins by urging all U.S. healthcare facilities to begin using PPE contingency strategies now, to consider crisis capacity strategies if they are already experiencing PPE shortages, and to resume standard practices when PPE becomes available. Links then provide guidance for using stockpiled N95 respirators, decontamination and reuse of filtering facepiece respirators, eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks, powered air purifying respirators, elastomeric respirators, and ventilators. The guidance given in each area discusses standards when facilities are at conventional capacity, contingency capacity, and crisis capacity, and selected options for reprocessing PPE. Additional links provide a PPE burn rate calculator and information for using PPE. Finally, the emergency use authorization of additional respiratory protective devices is explained.
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