On February 6, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a public Memo: Information for Healthcare Facilities Concerning 2019 Novel Coronavirus Illness (2019-nCoV). The memo provides information related to patients with possible Coronavirus Illness and expectations of healthcare facilities.
Summary: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is currently advising adherence to Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, including the use of eye protection. Healthcare staff should also adhere to CDC recommendations on standard hand hygiene practices, using alcohol-based hand rub/hand sanitizer (ABHR/ABHS) as the preferred method of hand hygiene in most clinical situations. It is also encouraged that facilities review the use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, gowns, respirators, and eye protection.
CMS also strongly urges the review of CDC’s guidance and encourages facilities to review their own infection prevention and control policies and practices to prevent the spread of infection. Invaluable links to the CDC and other vital resources are included in the full Memo. Each facility is encouraged to read the full memo and complete a self-assessment on its preparedness for any potential encounters with this virus.
Any questions about information contained in this memo can be directed to [email protected].