CDC PPE Guidance

Comprehensive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance Revised CDC Infection Control Policies, January 6, 2021

  • Healthcare Personnel refers to all paid and unpaid persons serving in a healthcare setting who have the potential for direct/indirect exposure to clients/infectious
  • All Healthcare Personnel (HCP) must wear a face mask in the clinical areas at all times
  • Extended use of facemasks has been modified to no more than one shift or one day under following conditions:
    •  The facemask should be removed/replaced if soiled or
    • HCP must not touch. If facemask touched or repositioned, hand hygiene must be performed immediately.
    • HCP should leave clinical area if they need to remove their
  • Reminder: homemade and cloth facemasks are not considered
  • DPH is supportive of Joint Commission’s public statement: it emphasizes that its standards do not prohibit staff from bringing in their own PPE or wearing PPE throughout the

PPE for COVID-19 Patient Care:

In addition to the universal facemask policy, DPH has the following recommendations about PPE use in COVID positive or suspected clients.

  • DPH recommends an N95 facemask or higher, eye protection, isolation gown and gloves be used, especially when performing aerosol generating procedures such as neb
  • KN95 masks may be considered as a substitute for N95 only if:
    • N95 masks are not available and the KN95 have been FIT tested and if the use of KN95 masks has been approved by
    • If an N95 or equivalent is not available, a surgical facemask should be
    • Limited re-use of N95 masks may be necessary but again, limited to one shift or one day
  • Extended use of eye protection can be applied to disposable and reusable
    • Eye protection should be removed/reprocessed if visibly soiled
    • If a disposable face shield is reprocessed, it should be dedicated to on HCP and stored in a transparent plastic container labeled with HCP
    • Protocols similar to mask: perform immediate hand hygiene if touch eye protection and leave clinical area if eye protection needs to be
    • Prioritize eye protection for selected activities such as: aerosol generating procedure and prolonged face-to-face exposure/close contact with potentially infectious
  • Isolation gown use may be extended (disposable or cloth) to allow the same HCP to interact with one or more clients infected with same infectious disease in same
  • Cloth isolation gowns can be tied and untied and re-used without laundering in
  • Gowns should be prioritized for when sprays/splashes may occur including aerosol generating procedures and when high-contact care activities are

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