Coronavirus COVID-19: Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

See below for the latest information about what hospital and health system leaders should know in regards to supplies and personal protective equipment shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing COVID Facemask Shortages

April 3

Stanford Medicine report provides Q&A, resources and strategies for optimizing use of N95 respirators and other facemasks. Published March 25, 2020

Healthcare Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge During the Covid-19 Response

April 1

This 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, operational and IT security, and supply chain resilience.

Sourcing personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 28 JAMA Network Editorial

JAMA editorial provides a summary of recommendations for PPE conservation and management, including readers’ suggestions to address impending product shortages.

Letter on Production of Medical Supplies, FEMA Extends Deadline and Other Updates

March 21 AHA Advisory

In this AHA Advisory, AHA, others urge President Trump to immediately use Defense Production Act to increase domestic production of medical supplies. The AHA, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association urged President Trump to immediately use the Defense Production Act to increase the domestic production of medical supplies and equipment that hospitals, health systems, physicians, nurses and all front line providers need.

Coronavirus Update: New Information on Elective Surgery, PPE Conservation and Additional COVID-19 Issues

March 19 AHA Advisory

In this AHA Advisory, CMS and CDC, as well as other organizations, have released a number of new documents and other information related to COVID-19. This includes recommendations for handling elective surgeries in response to COVID-19; updated strategies for providers to optimize the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including eye protection, isolation gowns, facemasks and N-95 respirators; updated Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on COVID-19 testing; the granting of authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prioritize the production and distribution of certain medical supplies and equipment; and a new effective date for the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for COVID-19.

AHA, AMA and ANA send joint letter to White House on coronavirus emergency declaration

March 12 Press Release

A March 12 press release highlights the letter AHA and two other organizations sent to the White House urging the president to declare the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency.

FDA expands health care respirator access during coronavirus outbreak

March 3 Headline Item

Health care personnel may use certain N95 and other respirators approved for use in industrial settings during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak under an emergency use authorization approved by the Food and Drug Administration:

Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators


For federal, state and local public health officials, respiratory protection program managers, occupational health service leaders, infection prevention and control program leaders, and other health care leaders offering a series of strategies or options to optimize supplies of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”) in healthcare settings when there is limited supply.

Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment


Health care personnel can protect themselves when caring for patients by adhering to infection prevention and control practices, which includes the appropriate use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment.


Treating Patients with COVID-19

CDC Interim Guidelines on Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19

CDC Interim Guidelines

CDC has updated PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19 and considerations for designating entire units with dedicated health care personnel for known or suspected COVID-19 patients.


Optimizing Supplies

Recommendations for the Health Care Supply Chain During COVID-19


This resources page from the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management provides guidance and links to essential regulatory and supply chain websites with COVID-19 information.

Tips for Hospitals to Extend the Blood Supply During the COVID-19 Outbreak


These guidelines from the American Association of Blood Banks provide information and resources for hospitals to consider when reviewing blood supply strategies and policies.

CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators


This CDC tool offers hospitals and health systems a checklist for optimizing N95 respirator supply and release of stockpiled N95 facepiece respirators beyond manufacturer shelf life

CDC: Ensuring Health Care Supply of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19.


These CDC guidelines cover guidance for health care personnel on standard, contract and airborne precautions, including the use of eye protection.


Surge Capacity Planning

Safe Respirator Use When Supplies Are Short

April 3

ECRI experts review how to use N95 respirators safely when normal procedures are challenging due to shortages. The video covers expert advice on using outdated or expired masks, how to get multiple uses from masks, cleaning and disinfection procedures, UV disinfection, navigating supply-chain shortages, and why ECRI does not recommend homemade masks for health care facilities.Published March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Critical Care Surge Resources

April 3

Surge Guides from this collection of resources from the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) focuses on plans, tools, templates, and other immediately implementable resources to help with COVID-19 preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts, concentrating on critical care surge.

Tool: Hospital Surge Capacity and Immediate Bed Availability Topic Collection

March 31 

Hospital Surge Capacity and Immediate Bed Availability planning resource from Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway

Penn Medicine: COVID-19 Hospital Impact Model for Epidemics

March 31

Modeling tool was developed by the Predictive Healthcare team at Penn Medicine to help health care systems understand the impact of COVID-19 to their organizations.

Patient Surge in Disasters: A Hospital Toolkit for Expanding Resources in Emergencies


This hospital toolkit from NYC Health offers resources in emergencies.

100 Million Mask Challenge


This resource offers information on Providence's 100 Million Mask Challenge and how to create your own mask.

Instructions for Making a Simple Respiratory Mask


This National Center for Biotechnology Information shares an abstract from the National Institutes of Health on creating simple respiratory masks.


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