Infection Control and Prevention
Infection control measures are important in the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 spread within health care facilities. For guidelines on preparedness, infection control, and personal protective equipment (PPE) use and supply optimization, we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources for you to access.
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- Infection Control Basics
Learn the basics of infection control to stop the spread of infection within your health care setting.
- Standard Precautions
Learn the basics about measures used for all patients to prevent the spread of infection within a health care facility and amongst staff and patients.
- Transmission-Based Precautions (Guidelines for contact, droplet, and airborne precautions)
Used in conjunction with standard precautions, learn about the different infection control measures based upon type of infection and route of transmission.
- Interim Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 from Spreading to Others in Homes and Communities
Some COVID-19 patients can manage their symptoms from home. Learn about the information to provide to your patients about caring for COVID-19 symptoms from home and mitigating community spread of the virus.
- Testing Guidelines
Read the most up-to-date guidelines on testing recommendations and types of tests for COVID-19.
- What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Learn the difference between isolation and quarantine, how to explain the difference to your patients, and how they prevent the spread of COVID-19
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE
The demand for PPE has resulted in persistent shortages and alternative strategies for preservation of the current supply. Contingency and crisis strategies are not standard practice but intended for use during times of shortages to optimize supply. Learn more about how to implement contingency and crisis strategies during times of surge and supply shortage.
- Sequence for Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Quickly review the process for donning and doffing your PPE. Download and post in common areas or donning and doffing stations for staff to reference.
- Three Key Factors Required for a Respirator to be Effective
Whether you are using a newly issued N95 respirator or testing your N95 following extended use or reuse, these steps will help you ensure proper fit. If you are using a re-issued N95 that has been decontaminated, visually inspect if for cleanliness, check the straps for elasticity, and perform a seal check prior to performing patient care. If administering aerosolizing procedures, ask for a brand new N95 respirator.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Respirators and their Use
There is a wide variety of PPE currently available. Learn more about the recommended PPE needed to care for COVID-19 patient.
- Safe Alternatives for Respirator Reuse
Half-Mask Elastomeric Respirators and Powered Air Purified Respirators (PAPR) are respirators intended for decontamination and reuse. Learn more about these reusable alternatives:
- Half-Mask Elastomeric Respirators
- Powered Air Purified Respirators (PAPR)
Optimization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply
- NIOSH Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Respirators
Is your facility practicing extended use or reuse of N95 respirators as a contingency or crisis strategy to optimize the PPE supply? Learn more about recommended practices from NIOSH for extended use and limited reuse of NIOSH-certified N95 respirators.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator
Available as a mobile app or on the web, this spreadsheet-based model will help you plan and optimize the use of PPE for your facility.
- NIOSH PPE Tracker App
Based on the original PPE burn rate calculator, this mobile app can assist with tracking PPE inventory, calculate average PPE burn rate based upon PPE type, hospital unit, and changes in usage based upon fluctuation in admission and discharge. Add restock inventory for continuous inventory monitoring and track different forms of PPE. Available for both iOS and Android devices.