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COVID-19 Update
SHEA Coronavirus News
We are tracking SHEA members' experiences week-by-week. Responses are anonymous for a 4-question survey. The first 2 questions are demographic, and the second two are about current status and primary concerns. A summary from last week's survey is below.
  • Lowest availability at facilities (1=crisis-level; 5=sustainable): other PPE (2.5), time for training (2.77), respirators (2.86)
  • Highest availability at facilities (5=sustainable; 1=crisis-level): ventilators (3.5), frontline workforce (FTE and part-time), beds (3.27)
  • Most common "top 3 concerns": test or test components supply (86.4%), new and/or diverging guidance/recommendations (50%), PPE supply (40.9%)
  • Most common facility types: acute care hospital (86.4%); academic medical center, ambulatory care, part of a health system (each 45.5%); community-based, urgent care or clinic (each 36.4%)
  • 22 responses from CA, DE, FL, IN (2), LA, MA (3), MD, MO (2), MT, NJ (3), Canada (1), NY (2), OH, OR, TX.
Please complete the survey for this week.
Federal Agency News, Guidance, and Guidelines
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Tools and Resources
This page includes a list of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
 
Prevention CHKC 
The Prevention Course in HAI Knowledge and Control (Prevention CHKC) is an online, interactive course designed to give frontline healthcare personnel what they need to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). This course engages and commits personnel to critical elements of infection prevention and control in concise, half-hour long modules. The authors – foremost experts in epidemiology, infection prevention, and antibiotic stewardship – prioritized HAI prevention practices that are most necessary and relevant to frontline personnel.
Modules
  • Clean Hands
  • Clean Environment
  • Occupational Health
  • Diagnostic & Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Precautions & PPE
  • CAUTI & CLABSI
  • Pneumonia
  • MRSA & MDROs
  • C. difficile
  • Surgical Site Infection
Given the urgent need to provide training in PPE donning and doffing, environmental cleaning, pneumonia prevention, and other topics during the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering the course free through May 31st with the use of the discount code – COVID19.
 
SHEA Rapid Response Podcast: COVID-19 Update: What We Know Now
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Podcast episodes will launch every Thursday. Each week's episode will include a summary of important news items, medical literature and guidelines on infection prevention that have been published related to COVID-19, and a discussion around the latest and most important questions surrounding the outbreak.
  • Episode 1: Frequently Asked Questions – available now
  • Episode 2: Environment of Care and PPE – available now
  • Episode 3: Surge Planning & Testing – available now
  • Episode 4: Diganostic Testing – available now
  • Episode 5: PPE Conservation & Shortages – available now
  • Episode 6: Diagnostic Testing, Part 2 – available now
  • Episode 7: Involving Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs – 4/09
SHEA Rapid Response Webinars
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  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall
  • SHEA COVID-19 Town Hall, Round 2
    SHEA members are actively responding to COVID-19 and we want to provide a platform to share ideas and ask questions with SHEA colleagues during this pandemic. Several SHEA Board Members will serve as experts and discuss the frequently asked questions, based on what they are doing locally. Attendees can submit questions in advance as well as during the webinar. The goal is to enable as much sharing of ideas as possible as we are all in this together.
  • Healthcare Facility Outbreak Preparedness
    The webinar addresses what healthcare facilities/providers can do in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to decrease the risk of outbreaks, especially regarding novel respiratory viruses. The role of planning and simulation is discussed, as well as the need to train healthcare workers to utilize PPE correctly.
Information for Patients and Visitors
Event Announcements
Virtual Town Hall Series - Immediately in Effect Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Diagnostic Tests
Apr. 8, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm ET
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will host a virtual Town Hall for clinical laboratories and commercial manufacturers that are developing or have developed diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2. The purpose of this Town Hall is to help answer technical questions about the development and validation of tests for SARS-CoV-2.
Trade Press & Journal Articles
ICHE Coronavirus and COVID-19 Article Collection 
The editors of ICHE have created a page on the ICHE web site for COVID-19 related articles, commentaries, and letters to the editor.  All COVID-19 manuscripts in their accepted form are freely available here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology/accepted-manuscripts. Check back frequently for updates.
 
 
Note that ICHE has temporarily suspended print production of journal issues.
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