FW: CDC guidance update (PPE UPDATES)

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From: David Long [mailto:dlong@vaems.org]
To: hrmmrs@vaems.org
Sent: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 17:46:03 +0000

Hampton Roads MMRS Partners,

As of March 10, 2020, the CDC has updated their Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States.  Below is a summary of the changes to the guidance.

Summary of Key Changes for the EMS Guidance:

  • Updated PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19:
    • Facemasks are an acceptable alternative until the supply chain is restored. Respirators should be prioritized for procedures that are likely to generate respiratory aerosols, which would pose the highest exposure risk to HCP.
    • Eye protection, gown, and gloves continue to be recommended.
      • If there are shortages of gowns, they should be prioritized for aerosol-generating procedures, care activities where splashes and sprays are anticipated, and high-contact patient care activities that provide opportunities for transfer of pathogens to the hands and clothing of HCP.
    • When the supply chain is restored, fit-tested EMS clinicians should return to use of respirators for patients with known or suspected COVID-19.
  • Updated guidance about recommended EPA-registered disinfectants to include reference to a list now posted on the EPA website.

The links on the Virginia OEMS website are continually updated and the CDC guidance are automatically updated when changes are made; shared information can be found at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/emergency-operations/emerging-infectious-diseases-information/

V/r, David

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