There are many resources available to promote clinical best practices in infection control, and the sheer scope of this information can be overwhelming. We have attempted to triage the most useful clinical education along with current regulatory guidance to ensure you have these resources at hand.

There are tools from various entities for estimating burn (use) rate of personal protective equipment (PPE) based on historical usage or on use practices for PPE supplies.

And that there is a tool available for determining how to conserve PPE, particularly in times when supplies are so scarce that reduce, reuse and repurpose measurers for disposable equipment is warranted.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Preservation Planning Tool Guide View PDF

CMS Quality Safety & Oversight memoranda: Guidance, clarifications and instructions to State Survey Agencies and CMS Regional Offices specifically relative to COVID-19.

These memos (all PDF) represent official guidance for surveyors.

  • QSO-20-41-ALL – Emergency Preparedness Testing Exemption and Guidance
  • QSO-20-39-NH  – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). Visitation Guidance.
  • QSO-20-37-CLIA, NHInterim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Updating Requirements for Reporting of SARS-CoV-2 Test Results by (CLIA) of 1988 Laboratories, and Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
  • QSO-20-30 NHNursing Home Reopening Recommendations for State and Local Officials
  • QSO-20-29-NH – Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
  • QSO-20-26-NH  – Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 (or COVID-19 Persons under Investigation) Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes
  • QSO-20-25-NH  – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Long-Term Care Facility Transfer Scenarios
  • QSO-20-20-ALL  – Prioritization of Survey Activities
  • QSO-20-14 NH – Revised Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nursing homes
  • QSO-20-12 All  – Suspension of Survey Activities