PPE Conservation Strategies During the COVID 19 Epidemic
Situation: The COVID-19 epidemic has led to the shutdown of the manufacturing sector in Wuhan China and surrounding areas. This has resulted in decreased availability of commodity items, including PPE such as procedure/droplet masks, N95 respirators, gowns, etc. There is no definitive timeframe for production to resume in China.
Currently UConn Health has experienced minimal supply disruption to date; however, in an attempt to maintain sufficient levels of PPE, we need to take some conservation steps.
Procedure Masks and N95 Respirators
|DAILY review of patients that are in current airborne or droplet isolation to evaluate if isolation is appropriate or can be discontinued.
*Refusal to wear a mask will be ARCC-ed up to the supervisor and person refusing could be asked to leave the premises.
|Infectious Disease Experts are available for cases that require further review. Call the page operator to be transferred to one of our Infectious Disease Experts|
|Group tasks together to minimize the number of entries into Airborne or Droplet isolation rooms.||For Example:
Nursing staff should deliver food trays for patients on isolation – Airborne and Droplet.
|Minimize visitors to patients on Airborne or Droplet Isolation||Encourage alternative means of communication.|
|Minimize the overall number of people entering a room for the same task to essential staff only.||Avoid large clinical groups entering a room for the same purpose: rounding teams, students, shadowing.|
|Control supply and distribution of procedure masks and N95 respirators.||In Ambulatory Settings/Waiting Rooms:
In Inpatient Areas: