Coronavirus COVID-19: Protecting Health Care Workers

See below for the latest information about how hospital and health system leaders can work to protect their health care staff and what individual should know during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a comprehensive catalog of COVID-19 resources, visit the AHA's Updates and Resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

How to Support Workforce During COVID-19

April 3

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living provide tips on how managers and leaders can best support staff during the pandemic and how to identify burnout and traumatic stress. Published March 25, 2020

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19

April 1

FAQs and considerations for patient triage, placement and hospital discharge.

Letter: AHA urges suspension of certain fraud and abuse laws

March 20, 2020

The AHA has urged the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and Department of Justice to temporarily suspend enforcement of both the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute to enable hospitals and health systems to “efficiently meet the demands of the public health crisis and compensate referring physicians and their family members.” AHA also urged that similar action be taken to make clear that hospital support for patients that is necessary in responding to COVID-19 public health crisis will not be subject to sanctions or prosecution.

Webinar: Better enable your care teams during COVID-19

March 18, 2020

This AHA Team Training on-demand webinar from March 18, 2020 shares how to use TeamSTEPPS to better enable your care teams during the COVID-19 crisis.

AHA Advisory: The Joint Commission to Suspend Surveying in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

March 16, 2020 Advisory

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Joint Commission (TJC) said that beginning March 16, it will suspend all TJC surveying. The TJC has notified the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of its decision and CMS has agreed. This AHA advisory shares the latest. March 16, 2020.

Coronavirus Update: House Introduces the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

March 12, 2020 AHA Advisory

This new bill includes new occupational safety standards for hospitals and requires public and private health care programs to cover COVID-19 testing at no cost to the patient.

Resource: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know about Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection

The latest on how COVID-19 spreads, how you can protect yourself, cleaning and disinfection procedures, and when to contact occupational health services

Resource: Evaluating and Reporting Persons Under Investigation (PUI)

March 4 updates from CDC

Criteria to guide evaluation of persons of interest for COVID-19 as well as recommendations for reporting and testing.

Resources for Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Preparing for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

To aid healthcare professionals and hospitals, CDC has developed two checklists that identify key actions that can be taken now to enhance preparedness for potential or confirmed patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Resource: Infection control and outbreak preparedness resources for hospitals and healthcare providers

A compendium of resources including preparation and patient handling checklists, equipment and alternative supplier lists.


Hospital Preparedness

Website: UW Medicine COVID-19 Resources

This provider resource page from UW Medicine in Seattle shares their policies and protocols, including screening and testing algorithms and policy statements, minimizing aerosolizing procedures and room cleaning protocols.

Toolkit: CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources

The Center to Advance Palliative Care has created a new toolkit with input from experts from all care settings to offer resources in important areas for palliative care teams and for any clinicians caring for patients with serious illness. It includes crisis communication and symptom management protocols for all clinicians, and guidance to help palliative care teams address high levels of volume and stress during a crisis.

Website: COVID-19 Resources for Facilities Leaders

This American Society for Health Care Engineering resource pages offers news and tools for facilities leaders on regulatory updates and ensuring patient safety.

Guidelines: Six COVID-19 Recommendations for Health Facilities Leaders

These American Society for Health Care Engineering guidelines review key areas facilities leaders should review in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Resource: COVID-19: Considerations for Human Resources and Operational Leaders

The American Society for Health Care Human Resources Administrators urges reviewing these HR-related policies, procedures and guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis.

Checklist: CDC COVID-19 Hospital Preparedness Assessment Tool

This CDC checklist highlights important areas for hospitals to ensure staff are trained, equipped and capable of identifying and caring for COVID-19 patients and preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the facility

Checklist: HHS COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist

This HHS checklist can help identify gaps in COVID-19 response plans and includes staff education, monitoring and contingency plans; response configurations; resource monotiling and assistance; and development of deferral and referral plans to adjust with outbreak demands.

Guidelines: COVID-19 Crisis Strategies for Severe Resource Demands

In these National Academy of Medicine guidelines, medical experts focus on tiered, proactive strategies to optimize resource use in the event the current COVID-19 outbreak spreads and creates severe resource demands. Strategies include preparing, conserving, substituting, adapting, re-using and re-allocating resources; adjusting for staffing shortages; adapting emergency department operations; and developing critical care protocols for the COVID-19 patient.

Guidelines: Meeting ICU Patient Care Demands During a Pandemic

These Society of Critical Care Medicine guidelines, includes action items, tips on pitfalls to avoid, templates from other health systems, how to build pandemic ICU surge capacity; pandemic incident command considerations for health care facilities and information from the Minnesota health care system.

Guidelines: WHO: Hospital Preparedness for Epidemics

These WHO guidelines offer hospitals a comprehensive guide to review their preparedness for communicable disease epidemics, update their epidemic response plans and their capacity to implement these plans.

Checklist: Healthcare Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge During the COVID-19 Response

March 12, 2020

This AHA checklist is designed as a quick reference for health care enterprise management to consider important factors in a teleworking strategy that minimizes downtime and latency while supporting patient care, operatinal and IT security, and supply chain resilience.

Guidelines: Steps Health Care Facilities Can Take to Protect Staff, Pateints and Public against COVID-19

These CDC guidelines offer tips, links and essential information to improve safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Guidelines: CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19

These CMS guidelines offer FAQs and considerations for patient triage, placement and hospital discharge.



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