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Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist For Transport and Arrival of Patients With Confirmed or Possible COVID-19

Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist For Transport and Arrival of Patients With Confirmed or Possible COVID-19
Updated Feb. 9, 2021
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Personnel Preparedness Checklist

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Front-line healthcare personnel in the United States should be prepared to evaluate patients for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The following checklist highlights key steps for healthcare personnel in preparation for transport and arrival of patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.

  • Stay up to date on the latest information about signs and symptoms, viral testing, case definitions, and vaccination for coronavirus disease 2019.
  • Assessment and triage of patients with acute respiratory symptoms
  • Patient placement
  • Implementation of Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, including the use of eye protection
  • Visitor management and exclusion
  • Source control measures for patients (e.g., put facemask on suspect patients)
  • Requirements for performing aerosol generating procedures
  • Know how to report a potential COVID-19 case or exposure to facility infection control leads and public health officials
  • Know who, when, and how to seek evaluation by occupational health following an unprotected exposure (i.e., not wearing recommended PPE) to a suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease  2019 patient
  • Remain at home, and notify occupational health services, if you are ill
  • Know how to contact and receive information from your state or local public health agency
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Healthcare Providers

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