Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Info
Shortages of PPE (gloves, masks, gowns, etc.) are evident around the country, some of which is due to stockpiling by those who may not really benefit from the supplies. Please encourage anyone you know who has a supply to donate any amount possible to the Department of Health for distribution to healthcare facilities and providers who are caring for COVID-19 patients.
What Precautions to Take
Health care personnel should use standard precaution, contact precautions, airborne precautions and eye protection such as goggles or a face shield before entering the room. Please note that, in situations where fit-tested NIOSH-approved N95 or higher-level respirator for healthcare personnel are in a shortage, surgical masks may be used. Eye protection, gown, and gloves continue to be recommended, but 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.
Section 2 of this CDC web page emphasizes important PPE compliance. For full precaution guidance, refer to the CDC’s isolation precautions guideline.
CDC Guidance on PPE: With limited supplies of PPE, conservation may be key. Use PPE judiciously.
Utah State Restricts Non-Urgent Procedures - Mar. 24, 2020.