Front-line healthcare personnel in the United States should be prepared to evaluate patients for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The following checklist highlights key steps for healthcare personnel in preparation for transport and arrival of patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
□ Stay up to date on the latest information about signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, and case definitions for coronavirus disease 2019.
□ Review your infection prevention and control policies and CDC infection control recommendations for COVID-19 for:
□ Assessment and triage of patients with acute respiratory symptoms
□ Patient placement
□ Implementation of Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, including the use of eye protection
□ Visitor management and exclusion
□ Source control measures for patients (e.g., put facemask on suspect patients)
□ Requirements for performing aerosol generating procedures
□ Be alert for patients who meet the persons under investigation (PUI) definition
□ Know how to report a potential COVID-19 case or exposure to facility infection control leads and public health officials
□ Know who, when, and how to seek evaluation by occupational health following an unprotected exposure (i.e., not wearing recommended PPE) to a suspected or confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 patient
□ Remain at home, and notify occupational health services, if you are ill
□ Know how to contact and receive information from your state or local public health agency