Two different national surveys have found widespread shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical hospital supplies as the United States battles the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.
CMS also drops routine surveys to focus on coronavirus
April 2, 2020
Responding to respirator shortages during the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a memorandum allowing “enforcement discretion” by compliance officers citing the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR § 1910.134).
Hospitals are reporting inordinately high “burn rates” of personal protective equipment, as healthcare personnel are exposed to nonstop media coverage of panicked shoppers and grim-faced public health officials.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has achieved a rate of zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections through the use of daily targeted rounds. The hospital has maintained that zero rate for more than one year.