Surveyors to Enforce CDC Guidance for the 2019 Coronavirus

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 2:46 PM

CMS has sent a letter to surveyors that addresses infection control adherence for health care facilities related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and reminds them that providers must include emerging infectious diseases in their emergency preparedness plans.

The letter includes current guidance by CDC for health care facility infection control procedures related to the 2019 nCoV. The CDC is advising abiding to Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, including the use of eye protection. Staff should also adhere to the recommendations on standard hand hygiene practices, using alcohol-based hand rub/hand sanitizer as the preferred method of hand hygiene in most clinical situations. If hands are visibly soiled, wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

CDC has also developed interim guidance for staff at local and state health departments, infection prevention and control professionals, healthcare providers, and healthcare workers who are coordinating the home care and isolation of people who are confirmed to have, or being evaluated for 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection.

Click here to read the letter.

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