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Healthcare Professional Preparedness Checklist For Transport and Arrival of Patients Potentially Infected with 2019-nCoV

Healthcare Personnel Preparedness Checklist for 2019-nCoV pdf icon[PDF]

Front-line healthcare personnel in the United States should be prepared to evaluate patients for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The following checklist highlights key steps for healthcare personnel in preparation for transport and arrival of patients potentially infected with 2019-nCoV.

□ Stay up to date on the latest information about signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, and case definitions for 2019-nCoV disease.

□ Review your infection prevention and control policies and CDC infection control recommendations for 2019-nCoV for:

□ 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

□ Be alert for patients who meet the persons under investigation (PUI) definition

□ Know how to report a potential 2019-nCoV 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 nCoV 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