Inventory current amounts of sanitation supplies (especially alcohol based hand gel and bleach wipes), pulse oximeters, masks/PAPRs/Shrouds for PAPR, mirrors for doffing stations, and disposable stethoscopes to anticipate increased needs; we have run short of flu swabs and PPE.
- Consider storing these supplies in ways that prevent hospital personnel and guests from removing them for personal use.
- Establish protocols for handling patient specimens (blood, urine, respiratory viral testing, etc).
- Plan for use of metered dose inhalers with spacers instead of nebulizers to reduce infectivity.
- Assess supplies of key medications including antibiotics, sedation, analgesia, neuromuscular blockade, and crystalloid.
ULTRASOUND MACHINE CLEANING FOR AIRBORNE ISOLATION
Before you enter the room:
- Remove all probes you won’t be using.
- Only take in the items you need for the exam.
- Take everything else off the machine.
- Ensure there are purple wipes inside and outside the room.
- Find a PPE partner to help you.
- Follow the PPE Donning checklist.
- Double glove while scanning.
Inside the room after scan complete (1st cleaning):
- Move the machine as close to the door as possible.
- Remove outer gloves, perform hand hygiene.
- Remain in all other PPE.
- Use a purple wipe on all probes used on patient; discard wipe.
- Use second wipe (more if needed) to clean machine from the top down, avoiding excess moisture on the screen. No need to wipe down the wheels.
- Ensure all surfaces remain wet for at least 2 minutes.
- After PPE partner opens the door, move machine outside as far as possible.
Outside the room (2nd cleaning):
- Follow the PPE Doffing checklist with your PPE partner.
- Perform hand hygiene and put on a new pair of gloves.
- Repeat wipe down procedure as performed inside the room.
If using Butterfly with a cell phone or ipod:
- Before entering the room: Place entire apparatus in a sterile probe cover.
- After scanning: Remove cover while still inside the room and purple wipe entire apparatus. Wait 2 minutes, then hand out to anteroom or warm zone.
- Outside the room: After doffing, repeat purple wipe.
If using a tablet device (freestanding or mounted on a wheeled pole):
- Treat the entire apparatus as you would a cart-based machine using the steps above.
For full COVID-19 POCUS Protocol PDF click here.
- For COVID-19 EMS resources, including video updates, see EMS Online Infectious Disease Safety Information web page.
PPE Video for Pre-training and “Just in Time” Review
Watching the video does NOT qualify as appropriate refresher training. We recommend that you review the pre-training video before your training session.
CDC Website for Current Literature
National Academy of Medicine: Duty to Plan: Health Care, Crisis Standards of Care, and Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 outline important concepts in health care systems preparedness.
Hick, J. L., D. Hanfling, M. K. Wynia, and A. T. Pavia. 2020. Duty to Plan: Health Care, Crisis Standards of Care, and Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. NAM Perspectives. Discussion paper. National Academy of Medicine. Washington, DC. https://doi.org/10.31478/202003b
UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site
See UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site for more screening and testing algorithms, policy statements, and additional links.
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