COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines–Infection Control

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Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings

Date: 2020 Jul 3
Developer: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Guideline Focus
Infection prevention and control for COVID-19

Patient Population
Suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients and healthcare personnel

Major Interventions

  • Triage and initial assessment of patients
  • Optimized use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Safe collection of diagnostic respiratory samples
  • Patient isolation and transport
  • Performance of aerosol generating procedures
  • Administrative, environmental, and staffing considerations for hospitals and long-term care facilities

Guidance for inpatient infection control management of patients receiving acute non-invasive ventilation and long-term ventilation during and beyond COVID-19

Date: 2020 Oct 14
Developer: British Thoracic Society (BTS)

Guideline Focus
Infection control management of patients receiving non-invasive and long-term ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Patient Population
Patients receiving non-invasive and long-term ventilation

Major Interventions

  • Stratification of patient risk level (high, medium, or low)
  • Isolation, circuit, and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirement based on risk level

Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines on infection prevention for health care personnel caring for patients with suspected or known COVID-19

Date: 2020 Jul 27
Developer: Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Guideline Focus
Infection prevention for healthcare personnel (HCP)

Patient Population
HCP caring for patients with suspected or known COVID-19

Major Interventions

  • Masking considerations in routine and contingency or crisis capacity settings
  • Guidance on use of double gloves and shoe coverings
  • Role of N95 respirators and face shields during aerosol-generating procedures

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