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Updated PPE Guidance for COVID-19 in Arizona

Wednesday, March 4, 2020  
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Based on the available evidence, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection, is  transmitted via respiratory droplets  between people in close contact, not by airborne transmission. 

 

Due to this, ADHS now recommends that healthcare providers:

 

  •  Use standard, contact, and droplet precautions with eye protection for suspect or confirmed COVID-19 cases. 
  •  Use gowns, gloves, respirators (such as N95 mask) and eye protection (goggles or face shield) when performing aerosol-generating procedures (e.g., tracheal intubation, non-invasive ventilation, tracheostomy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manual ventilation before intubation, bronchoscopy).
  • Due to the change in transmission-based precautions from airborne to droplet, it is not necessary to place a suspect patient in an airborne infection isolation room (AIIR). A private room with a closed-door is acceptable. Using an AIIR for aerosol-generating procedures is still recommended.
For up-to-date information for providers in Arizona, please visit the ADHS website. For general national information, visit the CDC website.If you have any questions, please contact your local health department.

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