ALTSA: ALF #2021-048 ALTSA: NH #2021-065 Continued Use Of Eye Protection To Prevent Covid-19 Infection

ALTSA: ALF #2021-048 ALTSA: NH #2021-065 Continued Use Of Eye Protection To Prevent Covid-19 Infection

Residential Care Services (RCS) staff have reported that many residents and facilities object to continued use of face shields both by RCS staff and facility staff. This letter is to confirm that during inspections, surveys, and investigations, RCS staff will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic guidance for wearing eye protection (link here). This guidance will also be used during assessment of provider infection prevention and control practices.

Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic guidance for wearing eye protection (link here). This guidance will also be used during assessment of provider infection prevention and control practices.

The CDC guidance states eye protection should be worn during patient, resident, and client care encounters to protect eyes from exposure to respiratory secretions when working in facilities when located in communities with moderate to substantial (or high) community transmission. HealthData.gov publishes COVID-19 transmission data weekly. You can access the CDC COVID-19 Tracker – Integrated County View here.  Read full letter here.

 

Questions?

Contact: 

Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
c: 425-231-4804

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September 8, 2021