Whether your facility currently has adequate PPE supplies or is already confronting PPE supply constraints, LAC DPH asks all facilities to review and immediately implement the CDC contingency capacity strategies. This will help preserve PPE supplies and ensure that patients and staff are familiar with the contingency preservation strategies for when the PPE supplies are constrained county-wide.
Optimizing the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (4-13-20): CDPH All Facilities Letter provides COVID-19 specific guidance for healthcare facilities and summarizes CDC strategies.
CDPH Guidance for Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (rev. 6-16-20): All Facilities Letter (AFL) CDPH provides guidance to general acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities for the handling of used N95 filtering facepiece respirators so they can be collected, decontaminated, and reissued by CDPH to be reused as respirator supplies are depleted.
PPE Coordinator email for general inquiries about PPE supplies
Universal Source Control
Universal source control is recommended for all persons entering a healthcare facility.
HCPs should wear face coverings at all times while they are in the healthcare facility. Masks or respirators are preferred, but non-medical face coverings can be used for non-patient care activities. Extended use and reuse of masks and respirators should be based on principles set forth in prior CDC PPE optimization guidance.
Universal Use of PPE For Patient Care
When there are moderate to high rates of COVID-19 in the community, HCP are more likely to encounter asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic patients. For this reason, in addition to standard precautions, the CDC recommends that HCP wear:
See Implement Universal Use of PPE section of CDC Interim Infection Prevention & Control Recommendations
Personal Protective Equipment for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19