We know that media outlets have been filled with updates about COVID-19.

While you are probably dealing with information overload, we wanted to take this opportunity to educate patients about our role in patient safety and protecting the community from the spread of COVID-19.

AAAASF is participating in daily meetings with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that include guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are all working together to ensure that all accredited facilities, especially those in highly impacted locations and vulnerable communities, receive accreditation surveys that do everything possible to protect the community and limit transmission of COVID-19. Additionally, we are focusing on specific areas of clinical operations with a close association to the spread of communicable disease.

As an accrediting organization, we have an important partnership with our facilities and healthcare regulators to help reduce the spread of infection, including COVID-19, by evaluating each facility’s infection control emergency preparedness policies and ensuring all standards are being met. Our objectives now include an elevated focus on identifying any potential gaps that might facilitate the spread of the virus and requiring facilities implement immediate corrective actions that will help halt the progress of the outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC have published resources for the public to reference.

WHO Resources
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advice

CDC Resources (United States)
What You Should Know
Protect Yourself and Your Family
Get Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease 2019
Travel Information