To guide facilities and healthcare personnel in management of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients amid ongoing critical shortages of personal protective equipment, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) joined with the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in releasing the infection prevention and control portion of a three-part guideline based on the best evidence available.
“There is still much to learn about this virus, but these recommendations give hospitals an evidence-based reference. This guideline can assist in creating policies to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and to help keep healthcare personnel and patients safe,” said Judith Guzman-Cottrill, DO, the SHEA Representative on the author panel.
The societies developed the guideline under a rapid process to complete it in a matter of weeks to respond quickly to the pandemic, where guideline development generally takes well over a year.
The guideline was developed by a committee of frontline clinicians, healthcare epidemiologists, and other infectious diseases specialists with expertise in infection control. The writing panel applied the rigorous Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) approach to assess the certainty of evidence and make eight recommendations:
The SHEA Board of Trustees endorsed the guideline’s Infection Prevention section, released today on the IDSA website, and the previously published section on Treatment and Management of Suspected and Confirmed COVID-19 patients. The third section will address diagnostic issues. The panel will continue to review evidence on preventing and managing COVID-19, and update recommendations as needed.
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is a professional society representing more than 3,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world who possess expertise and passion for healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. The society’s work improves public health by establishing infection-prevention measures and supporting antibiotic stewardship among healthcare providers, hospitals, and health systems. This is accomplished by leading research studies, translating research into clinical practice, developing evidence-based policies, optimizing antibiotic stewardship, and advancing the field of healthcare epidemiology. SHEA and its members strive to improve patient outcomes and create a safer, healthier future for all. Visit SHEA online at www.shea-online.org, facebook.com/SHEApreventingHAIs and https://twitter.com/SHEA_Epi.
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