COVID-19 Information for Healthcare Professionals
Conserving and Using PPE with COVID-19
The Ohio Department of Health, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is working tirelessly to ensure we have enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to provide care for the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly recommends the following measures to conserve PPE supply in the state of Ohio:
- For healthcare agencies and providers, consider Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC to help your supply last longer. Some of these include:
- Implementing the use of reusable gowns.
- Prioritize the type of PPE required based on the procedure to be performed.
- Consider changes in your facility to minimize wasted PPE.
- Consider changing policies around isolation precautions and procedures.
- Consider implementing cohorting patients in the same room, considering their conditions.
- Practice batch care so you limit the amount of times you use PPE for the same patients.
- The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear a mask to protect themselves from illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
- We know some people have purchased PPE, including masks, to prepare for this pandemic. We are asking those who have extra PPE to consider donating it, to make sure those who need it have enough.
- If you have some you’d like to donate, first call your local EMA to notify them of the availability of PPE, should it be needed.
- You should not drop it off; instead you should hold onto it so that it can be redirected to an area of need, should the need arise.
- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has also asked that all elective surgeries and procedures in Ohio be postponed until after the PPE shortage and COVID-19 pandemic have ended.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available. Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY); connect with a trained counselor through the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741; or call the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line at 1-877-275-6364 to find resources in your community.
CDC guidance for managing the supply of PPE: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/healthcare-supply-ppe-index.html
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) guidance for extended use and limited reuse of PPE in healthcare settings: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcwcontrols/recommendedguidanceextuse.html
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.
- Stay home
- Practice Social Distancing
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
- Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
- Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
- Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
- Call before visiting your doctor
- Practice good hygiene habits
If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)
CLEAN ALL "HIGH-TOUCH" SURFACES EVERY DAY
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.