Coronavirus (COVID19) Resources

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Disease Databases

Canada’s Pathogen Safety Data Sheets  Technical documents that describe the hazardous properties of a human pathogen and recommendations for work involving these agents in a laboratory setting. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Disease and Conditions   Contain pertinent information related to infectious diseases as well as other health topics.

Infection Control & Precautions

2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings This document is intended for use by infection control staff, healthcare epidemiologists, healthcare administrators, nurses, other healthcare providers, and persons responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating infection control programs for healthcare settings across the continuum of care. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Guidelines for Infection Control in Healthcare Personnel, 1998
This guideline is designed to provide methods for reducing the transmission of infections from patients to healthcare personnel and from healthcare personnel to patients. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Basic Infection Control and Prevention Plan for Outpatient Oncology Settings This document was developed for outpatient oncology facilities to serve as a model for basic infection control and prevention plan. Outlines the CDC’s Standard Precautions (Section IV) and Transmission-Based Precautions (Section V). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

NIOSH Bloodborne Infectious Diseases Describes engineering controls and work practices to prevent exposure to blood and other body fluids through which the virus is transmitted. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA Regulations: Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030)  Provides information on general guidance of OSHA Bloodborne standard, enforcement of OSH directives, hazard recognition, evaluation and controls, and other resources.

OSHA Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Standard (29 CFR 1910.132) Provides additional information about how to select and use appropriate PPE, training, and other requirements.

OSHA Respiratory Protection Provides information on what respirators are, how they work, and what is needed for a respirator to provide protection including the 

Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire Infosheet OSHA Publication No. 3789, (2015, May).

Nebraska Medical Center Hospital PPE – Infection Control: Donning and Doffing Video Developed in conjunction with The Nebraska Medical Center following guidelines provided by The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), proper use of Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) describes the correct donning and doffing sequences of recommended equipment.  

Disinfection Control & Sterilization 

Guidance for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008 The Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008, presents evidence-based recommendations on the preferred methods for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization of patient care medical devices and for cleaning and disinfecting the healthcare environment. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Medical Waste Management Information included on the regulation of medical waste, treatment, and disposal of medical waste (including disposal of medical sharps/needles and treatment of other medical wastes). Related resources: management of pharmaceutical waste, model guidelines for state medical waste management, and Hospital Medical Infectious Waste Incinerator standards. 

For First Responders

COVID-19 Testing for First Responders This document provides a brief overview of COVID-19 testing to inform decision-making for first responders including emergency medical service (EMS), Fire & Rescue, Law Enforcement and 911 telecommunicators. Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources On the frontlines of the healthcare system, telecommunicators and EMS clinicians are often the first to recognize a person potentially infected with the novel coronavirus. Telecommunicators are facing a surge in 911 calls from people who have questions about the virus, think they may have the virus or need other emergency assistance. To help ensure 911 personnel can appropriately and safely serve the public during the evolving pandemic, the National 911 program is working closely with other federal agencies and national associations to provide up-to-date, accurate information. Coronavirus Resources for EMS As part of the federal response, NHTSA Office of EMS staff are part of the FEMA Healthcare Resiliency Task Force EMS/Prehospital Team and are helping lead a team focused on supporting State, local and tribal EMS and 911 systems. The CDC maintains an up-to-date situational summary and has published guidance documents to help EMS, first responders and other healthcare providers fight the pandemic:

Guidance on Emergency Responder Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NIOSH Response to CBRN Terrorism Incidents, 2008

National Fire and Protection Association Standards NFPA 471 – Recommended Practice for Responding to Hazardous Materials IncidentsNFPA 472 – Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction IncidentsNFPA 473 – Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents 

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) – National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training National resource for hazardous waste worker curricula, technical reports, and weekly news on hazardous materials, waste operations, and emergency response. 

Protecting Healthcare Personnel CDC Healthcare-associated Infections topic page promoting patient safety and a safe healthcare work environment through improved use of personal protective equipment by healthcare personnel. 

National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases CDC topic page for the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases covering infectious diseases from anthrax to Zika. 

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention CDC topic page of resources and date for the prevention of TB, STDs, Viral Hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) U.S Department of Labor OSHA home page that provides information on laws and regulations for workers and employers. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard U.S Department of Labor OSHA home page that provides information on hazard communication standards including safety data sheets, hazard information labeling, standards, and guidance.