COVID-19 Resource Center
ECRI has developed this resource center to help hospitals, ambulatory care, and aging care facilities protect healthcare workers, residents, and patients.
Thank you to all the healthcare workers on the frontline combating COVID-19. You are truly heroes.
Assisting the healthcare community in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
The World Health Organization named the COVID-19 outbreak associated with transmission of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) a global pandemic. First reported from Wuhan, China, 12/31/19, the virus has rapidly spread across continents, with increasing numbers of confirmed cases and deaths. The epidemic poses a potent economic threat as well as a public health crisis.
Recently added resources
- NEW Clinical Evidence Assessment (April 6, 2020) | Single Ventilator Use to Support Multiple Patients: Mechanical ventilators are intended to support one patient at a time; however, healthcare providers have reported using a single device to support two or four patients during supply shortages driven by disease outbreaks or mass-casualty events.
- UPDATED Clinical Evidence Assessment (April 6, 2020) | Safety of Extended Use and Reuse of N95 Respirators: Practical guidance on the potential risks and benefits that clinical centers should consider during decision making about N95 respirator reuse or extended use.
- NEW Webinar Recording (April 3, 2020) | Infrared Temperature Screening to Reduce Infection Transmission by Visitors and Staff during Outbreaks: What Does the Evidence Support?: This webinar focuses on the evidence pertaining to External Infrared (IR) Temperature Screening Devices used with or without a questionnaire and the overall effectiveness of using this strategy to identify persons who may be infected with COVID-19.
- NEW Lab Series Tour (April 2, 2020) | Strategies to Mitigate Ventilator Shortages: This recording of our April 1, 2020, live-streamed lab tour, provides an understanding of how to strategize ventilator deployment when supplies are short, how and when to split one ventilator to treat two patients, and how to ensure that a ventilator is safe to use.
- NEW High-Priority ECRI Alert (April 1, 2020) | Large-Volume Infusion Pumps—Considerations When Used with Long Extension Sets outside Patient Rooms to Help Reduce Staff PPE Use: Recommendations for infusion pump usage with extension sets outside of the patient room as a temporary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for healthcare professionals
Our free resources include emergency preparedness and infection control guidelines, checklists, and tools; supply chain resources, and guidance for aging care facilities. Additional resources and services are available through ECRI’s membership programs. Contact us today to learn more.
- CDC | COVID-19 Patient Impact & Hospital Capacity Module
- FDA | Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency
- FDA | FAQs on 3D Printing of Medical Devices, Accessories, Components, and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- FDA | FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2
ECRI in the news
- April 3, 2020 | Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus ventilator treatment could be hindered by drug shortage at hospitals
- April 2, 2020 | Fortune: More ventilators are coming, but there’s still a shortage of people who can operate them
- March 27, 2020 | BNN Bloomberg: White House Pays Underwear Makers to Churn Out Millions of Masks
- March 25, 2020 | Bloomberg Environment: White House Gets Georgia to Reopen Sterilizers to Fight Virus
- March 25, 2020 | Morningstar: Soaring demand for ventilators creates political tension, promises to ramp up manufacturing
External Resource Centers
- AHRMM Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- American Hospital Association
- Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) COVID-19 Resources
- The BMJ
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Cochrane Library
- ISMP COVID-19 Resources
- Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
- The Lancet
- New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
- World Health Organization
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